Lawsuit Launched to Protect Washington Rivers, Salmon from Destructive Suction Dredge Mining


Harmful Gold-mining Method Already Restricted in California, Oregon For Immediate Release, January 10, 2017   Contact: Gabriel Scott, Cascadia Wildlands (541) 434-1463 gscott@cascwild.org  Jonathan Evans, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 844-7118, jevans@biologicaldiversity.org    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Conservation groups filed a notice of intent today to sue the state of Washington for allowing highly destructive suction dredge mining in rivers … Continue reading Lawsuit Launched to Protect Washington Rivers, Salmon from Destructive Suction Dredge Mining

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

Suction Dredge Reform Bill Passes Legislature


Salem Statesman Journal by Zach Urness July 8, 2013   A bill that would scale back the number of suction dredge mining permits issued in Oregon has passed the House and Senate and heads to the desk of Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is expected to sign the bill into law.     Senate Bill 838 … Continue reading Suction Dredge Reform Bill Passes Legislature

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

Excerpt from:Sucking Up Riverbeds–Is suction dredging ruining your favorite trout stream?


  Excerpt from:    Sucking Up Riverbeds–Is suction dredging ruining your favorite trout stream? By Ted Williams Fly Rod and Reel Magazine Spring 2013   “Part of the [suction dredgers’] pitch seems to be that mucking up rivers flowing through public lands is an honest-to-goodness, Don’t-Tread-On-Me, all-American right,” submits Cascadia Wildlands director Bob Ferris. “Poppycock … Continue reading Excerpt from:Sucking Up Riverbeds–Is suction dredging ruining your favorite trout stream?

Op-ed: Gold Dredging Damages Habitat, Harms Economy


Register-Guard guest opinion by Frank Armendariz and Chris Daughters March 24, 2013 In his March 10 guest viewpoint, Darold Smith suggests that suction dredge mining benefits endangered fish — but his claims are not supported by science, do a disservice to those focused on recovering our ailing wild salmon populations and offend businesses that rely … Continue reading Op-ed: Gold Dredging Damages Habitat, Harms Economy

Oregon Considers Gold Dredge Ban on Salmon Streams


Associated Press by Jeff Barnard, March 5, 2013 GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Gold Rush of the 1850s helped settle Oregon, enticing sailors to jump ship and farmers to take a detour from the Oregon Trail. More than a century later, some state lawmakers want to clamp down harder on modern gold-mining gear known as … Continue reading Oregon Considers Gold Dredge Ban on Salmon Streams

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

Scenic rivers run through it


  Oregon, that is — and Bates' bill would protect some of them from being dredged   February 22, 2013   Medford Mail Tribune   State Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, has introduced a bill that would restrict suction dredge gold mining on some parts of some creeks and rivers in the state. The measure is … Continue reading Scenic rivers run through it