by Gabe Scott, Cascadia Wildlands House Counsel
Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (314) 482-3746
Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, (503) 484-7495
Bob Sallinger, Portland Audubon, (503) 380-9728
“Today’s ruling has enormous implications for the state of Oregon’s efforts to dispose of the Elliott State Forest to private timber interests,” said Nick Cady, legal director at Cascadia Wildlands. “The state represented to these private timber interests that the forest could be logged without legal consequence, and this ruling establishes that private timber companies can no longer violate federal environmental laws with abandon.”
In 2012 the three groups sued the state of Oregon for illegally logging marbled murrelet habitat on the Elliott and other state forests. The state settled the suit in 2014, agreeing to drop 26 timber sales and stop logging in occupied murrelet habitat. But following the loss, the state sold three parcels totaling 1,453 acres, even though they contained mature and old-growth forests that are occupied by the murrelet, including the 355-acre Benson Ridge parcel.
The court’s preliminary ruling is one of several promising developments for the protection of old-growth forests in Oregon critical to the survival of murrelets and other imperiled wildlife. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently initiated a process to uplist the murrelet’s state protection status from threatened to endangered. The Oregon Board of Forestry recently decided to take up a petition to identify and develop rules to protect murrelet sites on state and private timber lands.
November 10, 2016
Will help inform forest management efforts in Pacific Northwest
Susan Jane Brown, Western Environmental Law Center, 503-914-1323, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 7, 2016
>Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (314) 482-3746, email@example.com
>Amaroq Weiss, Center for Biological Diversity, (707) 779-9613, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Catalina Tresky, Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-0253, email@example.com
>Lia Cheek, Endangered Species Coalition, (617) 840-4983, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Arran Robertson, Oregon Wild, (503) 283-6343 x 223, email@example.com
>Lindsay Raber, Pacific Wolf Coalition, (928) 301-6321, firstname.lastname@example.org
• 67 percent oppose hunting wolves as a tool to maintain deer and elk populations.
• 63 percent oppose Oregon’s removal last year of endangered species protections for wolves.
• 67 percent said they don’t believe wolves pose an economic threat to the cattle industry that necessitates killing wolves.
• 72 percent said nonlethal conflict prevention measures must be attempted before officials are allowed to kill wolves.
Photos by Jacob Ritley, Tongass Groundtruth Expedition, 2016. Thanks to LUSH Foundation for their generous support.
Southeast Alaska's Alexander Archipelago is made up of thousands of islands large and small. Small boats and floatplanes are the dominant modes of transportation.
Old-growth clearcutting is ongoing this summer on the Big Thorne timber sale, Prince of Wales Island.
September 30, 2016
Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, 503-484-7495, email@example.com
Steve Pedery, Oregon Wild, 503-283-6343 ext. 212
Bob Sallinger, Portland Audubon, 503-380-9728
On Sept. 9 the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission granted a similar petition. The two agencies are required to work together to facilitate murrelet recovery and develop protection measures for occupied sites.