BLM: Make Up Your Mind on Brush


By Francis Eartherington   When BLM logs our public lands, they determine how logging is done by using a “prescription.” The prescription might be thinning, or it might be clearcutting, or it could be hardwood conversion (e.g., clearcutting alder stands) or density management (thinning in a messier way), or something called Variable Retention Harvest (clearcutting … Continue reading BLM: Make Up Your Mind on Brush

Press Release: Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Passes Senate Through Unanimous Consent


For immediate release June 20, 2013 Contact: Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, 541.434.1463 Washington, DC — The US Senate has approved the creation of the 30,500-acre Devil’s Staircase Wilderness through unanimous consent, marking a major milestone in the long-running effort to protect this spectacular wild area in Oregon’s Coast Range. The Devil’s Staircase area is named … Continue reading Press Release: Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Passes Senate Through Unanimous Consent

Judge tells feds to study owls before selling timber


  By Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press April 5, 2013    The U.S. Forest Service must study competition between threatened spotted owls and barred owls before proceeding with a timber project in an Oregon national forest.   A federal judge has blocked logging on more than 2,000 acres in the Willamette National Forest, including about 450 … Continue reading Judge tells feds to study owls before selling timber

Revised Trapper Project Proposes to Log 44 Acres Near Blue River


  April 1, 2013 By Rachael McDonald KLCC   The 150 acre Trapper Logging Project, originally meant to be an experiment in mimicking the effects of wildfire has been reduced to 44 acres. Still, a Eugene conservation group says the U-S Forest Service should call it off.   Trapper comes from a 1997 study designed … Continue reading Revised Trapper Project Proposes to Log 44 Acres Near Blue River

Federal Court Ruling Puts Brakes on Goose Logging Project


E&E by Scott Streater March 27, 2013 A federal judge has ruled that the Forest Service did not properly analyze the environmental impacts of a proposed 2,100-acre logging project on national forestland in western Oregon, drawing cheers from conservation groups that strongly opposed the project. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene, Ore., late yesterday … Continue reading Federal Court Ruling Puts Brakes on Goose Logging Project

Press Release: Sensitive Wildlife Habitat and Drinking Water Supply Protected Above McKenzie


For immediate release March 27, 2013 Contact: Doug Heiken, Oregon Wild, 541.344.0675, dh@oregonwild.org Susan Jane Brown, Western Environmental Law Center, 503-914-1323, brown@westernlaw.org Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, 541.434.1463, jlaughlin@cascwild.org EUGENE – United States District Court Judge Anne Aiken has found that the United States Forest Service broke the law in seeking to carry out the controversial … Continue reading Press Release: Sensitive Wildlife Habitat and Drinking Water Supply Protected Above McKenzie

Waldo Lake Bill Advances in Senate


The Register-Guard by Saul Hubbard March 19, 2013 SALEM – With little discussion, the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would ban all gas-powered engines, including seaplanes, on Waldo Lake. The blanket ban in Senate Bill 602 would directly impact seaplanes, which can now use the waterway, while … Continue reading Waldo Lake Bill Advances in Senate

Trapper: Zombie Timber Sale


Eugene Weekly by Camilla Mortensen February 21, 2013 The Trapper Timber Sale in the Willamette National Forest just won’t go away, Josh Laughlin of Cascadia Wildlands says. “This is a like a low-grade horror movie where the zombie keeps coming back from the grave.” The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is taking comments on the old-growth … Continue reading Trapper: Zombie Timber Sale

Press Release: Conservationists Challenge Controversial BLM Clear-Cutting Pilot Project


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2013 
 Doug Heiken, Oregon Wild (541) 344-0675; 
dh@oregonwild.org          Francis Eatherington, Cascadia Wildlands
 (541) 434-1463; francis@cascwild.org
 Roseburg, Oregon  —  Conservation groups today filed an administrative challenge to the proposed clearcutting of more than 100 acres of mature forests and spotted owl critical habitat on public lands near … Continue reading Press Release: Conservationists Challenge Controversial BLM Clear-Cutting Pilot Project

Forest Service Supports Float Plane Ban on Waldo Lake


Register-Guard op-ed by Meg Mitchell   On Jan. 31, the State’s Aviation Board will take public testimony on a new policy to allow floatplanes on Waldo Lake. At that hearing, speaking on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service, I will explain why we continue to support the state’s previous policy that banned the use of … Continue reading Forest Service Supports Float Plane Ban on Waldo Lake