Press Release: Oregon Wilderness and River Protections Signed into Law by President


Devil’s Staircase, Molalla, Lower Rogue, Chetco, Elk among wildlands and waterways permanently protected For immediate release March 12, 2019 Contact: Josh Laughlin, Executive Director, Cascadia Wildlands, 541.844.8182; jlaughlin@cascwild.org Eugene, OR – Today, President Donald Trump signed into law a sweeping public lands package that passed the US House and Senate in February. Included in the nation-wide … Continue reading Press Release: Oregon Wilderness and River Protections Signed into Law by President

Suit Filed to Prevent Old-Growth Logging Near Rogue River


June 27, 2017 For Immediate Release Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands (314) 482-3746 Medford BLM Old-Growth Timber Sale Faces Legal Challenge Groups Oppose the Government Returning to Old-Growth Logging Today a coalition of conservation organizations representing tens of thousands of Oregonians filed a lawsuit against the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeking to halt the … Continue reading Suit Filed to Prevent Old-Growth Logging Near Rogue River

Oregon Suction Dredge Hearing April 15, 2013 3PM


If you care about salmon and steelhead recovery in Oregon's most precious rivers like the Rogue, Umpqua and Chetco and want to protect these waterways from the harmful effects of suction dredge mining for gold, please come to Salem this coming Monday April 15, 2013 to have your voice heard.  Please speak up for the fish … Continue reading Oregon Suction Dredge Hearing April 15, 2013 3PM

Western Mining Alliance and Brain Surgery by Dentists


  By Bob Ferris Would you go to a dentist if you had serious head aches or needed a brain tumor removed? The obvious answer to that is: No, even though both dentists and brain surgeons are highly educated, work on your head and use drills. But that is basically what the Western Mining Alliance … Continue reading Western Mining Alliance and Brain Surgery by Dentists

Protecting Oregon’s Rivers from Suction Dredge Mining


Editorial by the Register-Guard March 4, 2013   Nearly a quarter century has passed since Oregon last updated the State Scenic Waterways Program, which increases protection for the state’s most treasured rivers and limits destructive activities such as suction-dredge mining.   The program, overwhelmingly approved by state voters in 1970, is long overdue for an … Continue reading Protecting Oregon’s Rivers from Suction Dredge Mining

Press Release: Legislation Introduced to Protect Water Quality and Wild Salmon in Oregon


For immediate release February 19, 2013   Contact John Ward, Rogue Flyfishers (Medford), 541.482.2859 Frank Armendariz, River Trail Outfitters (Eugene), 541.228.4084   Salem, OR — Local businesses, outdoor enthusiasts, and conservation organizations applaud the recent introduction of Senate Bill 401 by Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford/Ashland) which would protect 30 rivers as State Scenic Waterways in … Continue reading Press Release: Legislation Introduced to Protect Water Quality and Wild Salmon in Oregon

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

Alone in the Rogue


          Have you ever felt like you were being watched? All logical sense reassures you that you’re alone but an eerie feeling persistently creeps in that you’re not. I had that eerie feeling a dozen times this week while I backpacked through the Rogue River area. When you spend three days in solitude, it is … Continue reading Alone in the Rogue