Press Release: Conservation Organizations Enthusiastic about Governor’s Plan for the Elliott


For Immediate Release May 4, 2017 Contacts:   Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 844-8182 Doug Moore, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, (503) 729-5175   Salem, OR – The Oregon Conservation Network (OCN) is pleased to see the plan released today from the Governor’s office regarding the Elliott State Forest. As a coalition, we care deeply … Continue reading Press Release: Conservation Organizations Enthusiastic about Governor’s Plan for the Elliott

State Starts Process of Hunting up Buyer for Elliott State Forest


  Associated Press, by Jeff Barnard   December 9, 2014   The state of Oregon is looking for an unusual buyer for Elliott State Forest — someone willing to pay a good price, respect the needs of threatened fish and wildlife, and leave areas open to hikers and hunters.   At a meeting Tuesday, the … Continue reading State Starts Process of Hunting up Buyer for Elliott State Forest

Press Release: State of Oregon Shelves Elliott State Forest Privatization Idea


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2014   Contact: Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, 541-844-8182 Ed Putnam, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Oregon Chapter, 541-678-3548 Christy Splitt, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, 971-404-7279 Bob Sallinger, Audubon Society of Portland, 503-380-9728 Cameron La Follette, Oregon Coast Alliance, 503-391-0210 Tom Wolf, Oregon Council Trout Unlimited, 503-883-1102   State of Oregon … Continue reading Press Release: State of Oregon Shelves Elliott State Forest Privatization Idea

Do Not Let the “Timber Witches” Have the Elliott


By Bob Ferris   “Kathy Jones, Seneca Jones’ co-owner, said her company didn’t bid on the land because her mill needs lumber but because she and her two sisters refused to be bullied by “eco-radical” environmental groups and believed no other timber companies made an offer.” Oregonian April 2, 2014   We do not traditionally … Continue reading Do Not Let the “Timber Witches” Have the Elliott

Of Dynamite, Lead, Mercury, Storms and the Myths of Suction Dredging


By Bob Ferris   About a decade ago I watched a giant front-end loader pull a metal culvert  that was restricting fish passage out of a steelhead stream in Southern California.  It was fun to watch and gratifying because my organization at the time had a hand in making it happen, but I did not … Continue reading Of Dynamite, Lead, Mercury, Storms and the Myths of Suction Dredging

The Impacts of Suction Dredge Mining


Harmful to aquatic life. Suction dredging harms fish and other wildlife. Suction dredging reduces the ability of fish to see, feed, and spawn. Additionally, the turbidity and increased sedimentation caused by suction dredging can clog fish’s gills. These impacts further threaten Oregon’s fish and other aquatic wildlife, including endangered salmon species. Reduction in water quality. … Continue reading The Impacts of Suction Dredge Mining

Suction Dredging…Sucks


By Bob Ferris   My access point to my career in the conservation field came originally from fish.  I caught my first trout on the Eel River in northern California while my family was on their way to visit the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle.  As we were on our way north, my mother grudgingly … Continue reading Suction Dredging…Sucks