Cascadia Wildlands staff, board and advisors work within a strategic plan. That plan outlines organizational goals, and those goals are achieved by conservation campaigns we employ. Sometimes we forget to celebrate the victories achieved by our campaigning. Here are some notable victories over the past few years worth remembering:
2012: Working with allies, our grassroots organizing helped kill a series of bills in the Oregon legislature that would have weakened the Oregon Wolf Plan to make it easier to kill recovering gray wolves in the state.
We helped advance the 30,000-acre Devil's Staircase and 60-000-acre Wild Rogue Wilderness bills through Congress. Both bills are currently awaiting a full House and full Senate vote prior to being enacted into law.
After years in the making, we officially filed our complaint challenging the State of Oregon's forest practices that are causing "take" of the Endangered Species Act-listed marbled murrelet.
2011: Our ongoing advocacy work has helped the gray wolf recover in Oregon. At the end of the year, approximately 30 wolves called Oregon home. We also secured a legal injunction that halted any further lethal control of Oregon's recovering wolf population.
Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon Wild and the Western Environmental Law Center halted the 155-acre mature forest Trapper timber sale through a strategic legal challenge thereby protecting the old forests of the cherished McKenzie River watershed.
Cascadia Wildlands worked with attorneys and co-plaintiffs to win a case ensuring notice, comment and appeal rules apply to "Categorical Exclusion" projects put forth by agencies.
2010: A Cascadia Wildlands appeal forces the withdraw of the McKenzie Ranger District's Certification Thin project, which would have aggressively logged older forest to "certify" one of the the Forest Service's timber planners.
Through a legal challenge, Cascadia Wildlands and allies halt Wildlife Services' plans to kill two wolves from Oregon's Imnaha Pack.
Cascadia Wildlands and allies advance Devil's Staircase and Wild Rogue Wilderness legislation through Congress.
Cascadia Wildlands defended critical provisions of the Oregon Wolf Plan from being weakened by the Oregon Cattlemen's Association during the five-year plan review process.
2009: Through grassroots organizing and a legal challenge with conservation partners, we halted the Bureau of Land Management's misguided Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR), a Bush-era logging proposal that would have opened up old-growth and streamside reserves across western Oregon to clearcutting.
Represented by Earthjustice and through grassroots organizing and a legal challenge with conservation partners, we halted the 2008 Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Plan. The plan would have weakened protections for threatened northern spotted owls and was found to have been manipulated by political insiders within the Bush administration.
Through grassroots organizing, we halted the Eugene BLM's plans to clearcut old-growth forest in the beloved Fall Creek watershed southeast of Eugene.
2008: Avoiding litigation, we brokered a settlement agreement with the timber industry and Malheur National Forest that protected thousands of acres of wilderness-quality lands burned during the the 2006 Shake Table wildfire complex near John Day, Oregon.
A breeding pair of gray wolves was documented in Oregon for the first time in over 60 years. Recall in 2005 we worked to pass the Oregon Wolf Plan that allowed for the migration of the species into Oregon from the Rocky Mountains and set recovery objectives for the species.
We worked with the Eugene City Council to pass a resolution opposing the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR), which would have increased the cut by nearly 400% on BLM lands in western Oregon. The resolution passed 5-2.
In the aftermath of the largest clearcut in Alaska (20,000 acres), we advanced a restoration plan and completed our pilot restoration projects at the Lost Coast near Yakataga. Projects included photopoint installation, streambank stabilization and riparian plantings.
After significant grassroots organizing, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced "Oregon Treasures" legislation into Congress. The bill would protect 143 miles of tributary streams to the lower Rogue River in Southwest Oregon through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and expand the Oregon Caves National Monument.
After years of opposition, Cascadia Wildlands was notified that plans to build the infamous Shepard Point Road into virgin rainforest along Prince William Sound, Alaska, were canceled.
Cascadia Wildlands' AK field office stopped a proposed 300-acre subdivision on wild Hawkins Island, in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The plan was withdrawn by the State of Alaska due to grassroots opposition. Hawkins Island is a critical area for local subsistence hunters, and the proposed subdivision threatened prime winter deer habitat.
Along with 16 other river stakeholders, Cascadia Wildlands signed a settlement agreement relicensing the Carmen-Smith hydropower complex in the headwaters of the McKenzie River. Amongst other beneficial mitigation measures attached to the relicensing, the agreement calls for the construction of an upstream fish ladder and downstream passage at Trailbridge dam, which will open up miles of spawning habitat. For the past 50 years, the dam has been an obstacle for migrating fish, including federally listed Chinook salmon and bull trout.
2007: We halted the Black Crater post-fire timber sale near Sisters, Oregon, on the Deschutes National Forest through a settlement agreement that protected nearly 200 acres of burned forests that lie in an old-growth reserve and within critical habitat for threatened northern spotted owls.
Represented by Earthjustice, we won a lawsuit in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that challenged a US Fish and Wildlife Service biological opinion that approved older forest logging in southwest Oregon. The appeals court found that the agency failed to quantify how many endangered northern spotted owls the logging would kill and invalidated the biological opinion.