My Summer as a Legal Intern at Cascadia Wildlands


My experience as a legal intern with Cascadia Wildlands this summer was extremely rewarding, both professionally and personally.  My research helped answer important questions to advance our legal claims in various challenges to federal agency authorizations of timber sales in Oregon.  I wrote legal memos including an informative memorandum regarding a new potential area of … Continue reading My Summer as a Legal Intern at Cascadia Wildlands

Let’s Talk of Wolves and Cattle but Please Include Elk, Deer, Fish, and Birds Too.


Having worked in orchards and on ranches as a child and young adult, I have a tremendous respect for the folks who actually produce our food.  That respect has led me to work diligently over the years to protect farm land, working landscapes, and family farmers.  But in all of this we have to be … Continue reading Let’s Talk of Wolves and Cattle but Please Include Elk, Deer, Fish, and Birds Too.

Muries Rebuke Elk Foundation over Anti-Wolf Remarks


The Muries—much like the Leopolds—are part of the conservation community’s royalty.  They shined individually and were an awesome force collectively—and they still are.  They have also been on my mind a lot of late. Poisoning and trapping of so-called predators and killing rodents, and the related insecticide and herbicide programs, are evidences of human immaturity. … Continue reading Muries Rebuke Elk Foundation over Anti-Wolf Remarks

Please Take a Cold Hard Look at Coal Trains


"It's déjà vu all over again" –Yogi Berra Yogi Berra made the above quote when he watched Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back-to-back home runs in the early 1960s.  I feel the same way—absent the elation—as I watch this coal debate unfold here in Eugene just as it did in Bellingham two years … Continue reading Please Take a Cold Hard Look at Coal Trains

The Carbon Curtain Coalition


Naomi Klein in her book Shock Doctrine laid out a recipe for our destruction: Take a real or manufactured crisis, add economic interests with political clout, and apply both towards a bend-over-backwards Congress and a panicked public.  The end result being economic interests allowed to cause us more harm and make even more money in … Continue reading The Carbon Curtain Coalition

The Flying Potato is Famous: Marbled Murrelet Media Madness


For a little bird often described as a flying potato, the federally listed marbled murrelet is getting a lot of well-deserved attention these days.  Why?  Mainly because of Cascadia Wildlands et al. v. Kitzhaber et al. our suit against the state of Oregon to halt harm to this soaring spud with our co-litigants Center for Biological … Continue reading The Flying Potato is Famous: Marbled Murrelet Media Madness

Alone in the Rogue


          Have you ever felt like you were being watched? All logical sense reassures you that you’re alone but an eerie feeling persistently creeps in that you’re not. I had that eerie feeling a dozen times this week while I backpacked through the Rogue River area. When you spend three days in solitude, it is … Continue reading Alone in the Rogue

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation–Needed: Less 10 Gallon Hats and More 10 Pound Brains


Right after the Mexican wolves were released in the Southwest I was at a DC press conference with Dave Parsons, Craig Miller, and other drivers of the restoration project.  I was interviewed after the event by a reporter from USA Today who asked me what wolves needed to survive.  My answer was quick and flippant … Continue reading Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation–Needed: Less 10 Gallon Hats and More 10 Pound Brains