Southern Oregon miners file injunction to stop legislation on motorized mining moratorium


By Yuxing Zheng, The Oregonian  April 26, 2013   SALEM — A southern Oregon mining group is seeking an injunction in federal court to stop bills under consideration in the Legislature that would place a moratorium on motorized mining.   Galice Mining District and four representatives filed the request in U.S. District Court in Eugene … Continue reading Southern Oregon miners file injunction to stop legislation on motorized mining moratorium

FONSI not Fonzie


  By Bob Ferris   "…not once during the many hours of public testimony was the committee presented with scientific evidence that the practice of small-scale suction dredge mining is damaging to fish populations or the environment." Oregon State Senator Olsen in an op-ed in Oregon Business    During the recent hearing on suction dredging … Continue reading FONSI not Fonzie

When Equal is not Equal You Need a Timeout


  By Bob Ferris During the recent suction dredge hearings Senator Olsen made a point of comparing suction dredgers and river guides as if they were equivalent entities with equal or similar impacts—both plus or minus.  Although I praise him for trying to show that there are two sides to this coin we are really … Continue reading When Equal is not Equal You Need a Timeout

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

Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society on Suction Dredging


  On April 9, 2013 the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society issued the following documents relating to suction dredging.  Click once and then click again in the new window.   2013 ORAFS Suction Dredge Mining cover letter (1) (2) 2013 ORAFS Suction Dredge Mining Impacts FINAL  

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