Lethal Control of Predators: Of Science, Scapegoats and Icebergs


By Bob Ferris   I have been looking at the issue of lethal predator control for many, many years and the longer I look at it and the more science I read and assimilate, the more convinced I become that lethal control of predators is more punitive than practical.  It is an activity and a … Continue reading Lethal Control of Predators: Of Science, Scapegoats and Icebergs

DeFazio, Wyden take wrong tack on timber


By Josh Laughlin in the Register Guard  August 11, 2014   After four straight years as the runner-up, United Van Lines named Oregon as the state with the nation’s highest percentage of inbound moves in 2013. I’d bet a pitcher of Ninkasi the great migration hasn’t been for the clear-cuts that pock our mountainsides and … Continue reading DeFazio, Wyden take wrong tack on timber

Of Race Cars and Banked Tracks (Elk and Wolves)


By Bob Ferris   “At issue is how wildlife is managed in this country. Our belief is based on more than 100 years of the most successful wildlife management model in the world that our state agencies are to manage wildlife within their respective borders. That includes management of gray wolves along with other predators.” David … Continue reading Of Race Cars and Banked Tracks (Elk and Wolves)

A Trip to Washington DC


By Francis Eatherington   During the week of June 16, representatives of Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon Wild, and KS Wild traveled to Washington DC to discuss two bills, one from Senator Wyden and one from Representative DeFazio. Both mandate an increase of logging on western Oregon BLM lands.   We had over 21 meetings with agency staff, senators … Continue reading A Trip to Washington DC

Scrutinize wildlife agency: DeFazio questions its costs, mission and culture


By Register Guard Editorial Staff  January 8, 2014   Congress should join the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector general in investigating the federal government’s predator control program. The Wildlife Services agency has had far more than its share of controversy since the federal program was created nearly a century ago to oversee the trapping, shooting … Continue reading Scrutinize wildlife agency: DeFazio questions its costs, mission and culture

Timber and O&C lands


In a recent Oregonian article (“DeFazio criticizes anti-logging groups,”Oct. 3), Rep. Peter DeFazio calls the groups that oppose his O&C clear-cutting bill “radical,” saying that they “want zero cut on federal land,” and that they “don’t care about rural Oregon.” If standing up for clean drinking water and wild salmon recovery is radical, we, and … Continue reading Timber and O&C lands

Congress Members Seek Continued Wolf Protections


Peter DeFazio » Congress members seek continued wolf protections Associated Press By John Flesher Mar. 5, 2013    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of U.S. House members urged federal regulators Tuesday to retain legal protections for gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states, saying the resilient predator could continue expanding its range … Continue reading Congress Members Seek Continued Wolf Protections