Reflections on the Enormous Victory in Northern Cascadia and Coming Full Circle


by Gabe Scott, Cascadia Wildlands House Counsel Ready for some good news? Last week our partners at Eyak Preservation Council announced that the major part of Alaska’s Bering River Coalfield, and the old-growth forest on top of it, has been permanently protected!   Several things about this historic victory make it especially sweet. Ecologically it protects … Continue reading Reflections on the Enormous Victory in Northern Cascadia and Coming Full Circle

The Pteropod in the Coal Mind


By Bob Ferris   The below video link from a Seattle Times article is important.   VIDEO LINK    Now you might not have heard of pteropods before, but you have certainly heard of the relationship between canaries and coal miners. Pteropods are the canaries of our Cascadian oceans.  They are sensitive to acid because … Continue reading The Pteropod in the Coal Mind

Interior Department: The Need for a Gumption Pill


By Bob Ferris   gump•tion  [guhmp-shuhn]  noun Informal. 1. initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness: With his gumption he'll make a success of himself. 2. courage; spunk; guts: It takes gumption to quit a high-paying job. 3. common sense; shrewdness.  From Dictionary.com    There are times when I fantasize about products that I would like to see.  One … Continue reading Interior Department: The Need for a Gumption Pill

The Angry Ocean Calls


By Bob Ferris   Acidic and angry, the ocean— father and mother of us all— Storms past amputee sea stars And oysters with half shells Bent not on revenge but   inevitable correction.     But our commercial tendrils  Continue to flail unaware And careless Whipping wildly cross the globe. While the waves build And … Continue reading The Angry Ocean Calls

Putting the Cap on Coal Trains?


  By Camilla Mortensen Eugene Weekly April 4, 2013   Bad news for coal is good news for clean energy advocates and conservationists: Not only has the Port of Coos Bay’s exclusive negotiating agreement with the last of the companies trying to export coal ended, a Eugene attorney has also filed a notice of intent … Continue reading Putting the Cap on Coal Trains?

Port of Coos Bay coal-export proposal ends after 18 months of work


By Scott Learn, The Oregonian  April 1, 2013   Another Northwest coal export project has dropped off the boards.   The Port of Coos Bay said today that it has ended its exclusive negotiating agreement with Metro Ports of California, which had been exploring a coal export terminal in Coos Bay.   The project was … Continue reading Port of Coos Bay coal-export proposal ends after 18 months of work

Coal Train Slowing at Port?


Eugene Weekly by Camilla Mortensen March 14, 2013  The recent announcement that two foreign investors have pulled out of the International Port of Coos Bay’s coal export proposal doesn’t mean the coal train plans have been entirely derailed. The announcement leads to even more questions, says Bob Ferris, executive director of Cascadia Wildlands, one of … Continue reading Coal Train Slowing at Port?

Extractive Industries are Killing the Planet–Eugene Rally March 3rd


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2013 Extractive Industries are Killing the Planet   Eugene, Ore.—March 3 at 1 p.m. A rally will be held in the University of Oregon EMU amphitheater proceeded by a march against the fossil fuel industry. The march is follow-up to the “End All Extraction” march on February 17, since the demands from the … Continue reading Extractive Industries are Killing the Planet–Eugene Rally March 3rd