by Gabriel Scott Cascadia’s forests have a mystic aspect. All the things you know, or think that you know, about the forest are nothing as compared with the layers and layers of wonders to be discovered. Sometimes you’ll be hiking along, thinking about one thing, and then— wham!— the landscape hits in some unexpected way and … Continue reading Umpqua Chronicles Vol 3: The Eye of God
While the North Umpqua is the most dramatic, the Umpqua Sweets project would log along many smaller streams. Unit 25-2-31B, just up the Rock Creek road from the river, is located along Rock, McComas, and Kelley Creeks just north of Idylide. The road cuts off into a nice little neighborhood there of a handful of homes. … Continue reading Umpqua Chronicles Vol.2 – Into the woods
by Gabriel Scott, In-House Counsel Is old growth clearcutting on public lands making a comeback on the North Umpqua River? Thus seems to say the BLM in its latest timber sale announcement, called “Umpqua Sweets.” While BLM’s official announcement is itself so vague and legalistic as to melt into nothing, recent groundtruthing of their proposed logging units … Continue reading Umpqua Sweets Chronicles Vol 1: Down by the Riverside
For Immediate Release: September 19, 2019 Contact: Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, 314-482-3746, firstname.lastname@example.org Doug Heiken, Oregon Wild, 541-344-0675, email@example.com Court Rules BLM Clearcuts on the Edge of Springfield Will Increase Fire Hazard and Harm Recreation Conservation groups and neighbors defeat BLM’s Thurston Hills timber sale Eugene, Or. — On Wednesday, Judge Michael McShane ruled … Continue reading Legal Victory: Thurston Hills Timber Sale Defeated in Court
For Immediate Release, September 16, 2019 Contacts: Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (314) 482-3746, firstname.lastname@example.org Oregon Bans Trapping of Humboldt Martens PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a petition from conservation groups, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-3 late Friday to protect Humboldt martens from trapping. Fewer than 200 of the martens survive in the … Continue reading Oregon Adopts Petition; Bans Trapping of Humboldt Martens!
For immediate release August 7, 2019 Court: Oregon Illegally Denied Marbled Murrelet Endangered Species Protections EUGENE, Ore.— An Oregon judge has issued a decision concluding the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission violated Oregon law in denying a petition filed by five conservation groups demanding the commission uplist the murrelet from threatened to endangered under the Oregon … Continue reading Legal Victory for Marbled Murrelets in Oregon!
SALEM, Ore.— Late Wednesday afternoon after hours of deliberation, the Oregon Board of Forestry voted 5-2 to accept a petition for rulemaking on coho salmon. The petition was brought by 22 different conservation and fishing groups under a rarely used portion of the Forest Practices Act which requires the Board to consider forest protections on … Continue reading Oregon Board of Forestry Grants Petition to Protect Coho Salmon from Private and State Logging
Old-Growth Timber Sale Above Rogue River Deemed Illegal Federal Judge Finds BLM Failed to Consider Approach to Reducing Fire Threat On the evening of July 2, Oregon Federal District Judge Michael McShane issued a legal order effectively halting the “Lower Graves” old-growth timber sale proposed above the popular lower Rogue River in the Grants Pass … Continue reading Legal Victory: Lower Grave Timber Sale Halted
by Nick Cady, Legal Director On June 7, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, whose members are appointed by Governor Kate Brown, adopted revisions to the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. This plan is required to be updated every five years, but this latest update was over four years late given the Department of … Continue reading Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Votes to Weaken Oregon Wolf Plan