November 26, 2013
“It’s basically a clear-cut with retention patches (of trees) here and there,” he said.
But the proposed level of harvest is far too low to produce enough revenue to replace the federal timber payments that the O&C counties now receive. The payments were designed to compensate rural counties for revenue they lost after environmental concerns caused a sharp decline in logging on federal lands.
November 26, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Josh Laughlin, Campaign Director, 541.844.8182
Francis Eatherington, Conservation Director, 541.643.1309
Eugene, OR — Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands today expressed disappointment with the O&C forest legislation released by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) that affects management of over two-million acres of public forestland in western Oregon. The conservation organization believes that it is a bad deal for the environmental values that make Oregon special and is committed to working with the Senator to see it drastically improved.
“At a time when the demand for clean water and fish and wildlife recovery is high, Congress should be doing all it can to ensure these Oregon values are embraced, not eroded,” says Josh Laughlin, Campaign Director with Cascadia Wildlands. “This bill guts the landmark Northwest Forest Plan’s environmental protection measures, limits citizen participation and judicial review in forest planning, and doesn't solve the funding crisis faced by some western Oregon counties.”
Cascadia Wildlands has worked closely with Senator Wyden's office in the recent past on some of the Wilderness proposals in the bill, including Devil's Staircase and Wild Rogue, but believes those efforts should not be coupled with the logging bill for western Oregon. In the current legislation, the conservation gains are far outweighed by the costs to clean drinking water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. The bill unravels the framework of the 24-million acre Northwest Forest Plan by shrinking streamside buffers in half that were designed to benefit salmon and clean water and eliminating the old-growth forest reserve system established to protect older forest-dependent species.
“Some of the things in this proposal are what we saw George W. Bush and Big Timber attempt during that dark period, notably trying to weaken the conservation standards for fish and wildlife in the Northwest in order to ramp up the cut,” says Francis Eatherington, Conservation Director of Cascadia Wildlands. “Instead of squeezing our cherished public forests for every last penny, Congress, state and county politicians should take a fresh look at the timber harvest and severance tax in the state, the absurdly low property taxes in some of the most affected counties, and capitalize on the jobs and raw logs being shipped to Asia.”
Cascadia Wildlands has long supported federal forest management in western Oregon that prioritizes restoratively thinning dense tree farms, which generates timber volume for local mills, employs a steady work force in the woods, and raises revenue for counties. Senator Wyden’s bill moves away from this restorative approach toward a controversial clearcutting practice called “variable retention harvest” in forested stands up to 120 years old where 70% of the trees are logged.
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Press Release: Cascadia Wildlands to Celebrate 15 Years at the 11th Annual Wonderland Auction on Dec. 14
For Immediate Release
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Location: Siuslaw National Forest Office
3200 SW Jefferson
Corvallis, OR 97331
Time: 5-8 pm
Location: Jackson County Fairgrounds
Padgham Pavillion, 1 Penninger Road
Central Point, OR 97502
Time: 4-7 pm
Location: North Bend Public Library
1800 Sherman Ave
North Bend, OR 97459
Time: 5-8 pm
Location: Douglas County Fairgrounds
2110 Frear Street
Roseburg, OR 97471
Time: 5-8 pm
May 28, 1999
WHEN MY GREAT grandfather was born at San Francisco's Presidio in 1866, California was still wild. Grizzly bears, wolves and jaguars roamed the state's hinterlands. Flocks of ducks blanketed San Francisco Bay and large pods of whales cruised the state's shores.
When my grandfather worked for the U.S. Forest Service near Chico in the 1920s, most wild grizzlies had been wiped out and wolves were extremely rare. In the next decade, while my mother was walking amid Santa Cruz Mountain wildflowers, the flow of jaguars across the Mexican border slowed, and many whale populations were so low that whaling stopped being profitable. And when I was born in Los Altos, the last few South Bay duck hunters were looking for the last waterfowl after habitat destruction had taken its toll in what is now known as Silicon Valley.
In four short generations, truly wild California had evaporated, and we were all poorer for the loss. So what is left for us? Perpetual mourning for our lost heritage? No. Hope springs eternal in the field of restoration biology.
Although we now have barely enough jaguars and grizzlies for the nation's most remote areas, that is not true of the wolf. Successful wolf reintroductions in Yellowstone and Central Idaho offer promise for reintroductions elsewhere. Indeed, the Idaho wolves are already expanding on their own: In March, a Central Idaho wolf crossed into Eastern Oregon where wolves have not roamed for decades.
In 2000, about 50 of the Central Idaho wolves will be old enough to leave home. One new home could be Northeastern California, except for two barriers.
One obstacle is the inveterate hatred of wolves that still prevails. This hatred led the American Farm Bureau Federation to seek — and win — a 1997 court order stopping wolf restoration in Yellowstone and Idaho. The Farm Bureau took this action even though the Yellowstone wolf reintroduction program is wildly popular and the fastest path to delisting the Northern Rockies wolf from the federal Endangered Species Act. Defenders of Wildlife, which compensates ranchers throughout the wolf recovery area for wolf-related livestock losses, is leading the legal appeal.
The second major hurdle comes from the very folks charged with protecting the wolf — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Federal biologists, in their upcoming reclassification of wolves, apparently have excluded California and Nevada from participating in wolf recovery. There is no obvious biological rationale for this action.
The wolf will soon have its day in court when the Yellowstone lawsuit is argued. If the order to remove the Yellowstone and Idaho wolves is not overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Defenders has vowed to continue the fight all the way to the Supreme Court. The other barrier must be solved in the court of public opinion. Californians need to let the wildlife service know that they want to be participants in wolf recovery. Let the wolves come.
(This article was originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle when Bob Ferris was with Defenders of Wildlife)
By Larry Pynn Vancouver Sun
November 6, 2013
The number of grizzly bears killed in B.C. exceeded government targets in half the areas where the province permitted hunting of the species, a new study released Wednesday concludes.
The study, a collaboration of six biologists from Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, looked at grizzly hunting in 50 of 57 population units from 2001 to 2011. (The number of units open to hunting declined to 41 in 2012).
Published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, the study used historical records to find evidence of mortality exceeding government targets in those units by one to 24 grizzlies, or two to 171 per cent, during three periods over the decade studied.
"There is so much uncertainly in the management," said the study's lead author, Kyle Artelle.
"The question is, how much risk are we willing to accept with this population? It's like Russian Roulette. When you pull the trigger, there's a good chance that nothing will happen. But there is also a chance you'll get a bullet in the head." Grizzlies are officially a species of special concern.
Artelle, a Raincoast biologist and SFU PhD student, said it is especially troubling that the number of female grizzlies shot above government targets totalled about 134 during the study period. "Hunters are encouraged but not required to target males. It's hard to discern at a distance. A small male may look like a female and vice-versa."
More than 3,500 grizzlies (including more than 1,200 females) were killed during the study period. Legally sanctioned trophy hunting took more than 2,800 of those bears (including more than 900 females). Other sources of mortality included poaching, shooting of nuisance bears in defence of people or property, and road or rail accidents.
The current B.C. population of grizzlies is estimated at 15,000.
In response, Andrew Wilson, director of fish and wildlife, in the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, said in a statement that "while we will review the study more carefully in coming days, we do not initially share its conclusions."
He added: "All evidence, including an expanding distribution, a large portion of older males in the harvest, the numerous DNA-based mark recapture estimates, and feedback by people who spend a great deal of time in grizzly bear habitat, suggest that across most of the province, robust populations remain."
He noted that about 35 per cent of B.C. is closed to grizzly hunting and that ministry biologists are having their own study published soon in the same scientific journal on grizzly populations which "provides further scientific support that B.C. has been sustainably managing grizzly bears."
Said Wilson: "Historically, hunters have taken around 300 grizzly bears a year out of an estimated population of 15,000, or a two per cent harvest rate. This is a modest harvest target well below what is required for conservation requirements."
Researchers noted that the province can easily rectify the problem by reducing the number of limited-entry permits for hunting grizzlies.
Coastal First Nations, an alliance of aboriginal people on B.C.'s north and central coasts, has declared bear trophy hunting off-limits in their territories, but the provincial government does not recognize the ban.
Cascadia Wildlands Releases Reports Exploring Solutions to the Elliott State Forest Clearcutting Conundrum