Lawmakers mull gold dredging moratorium


    By Jeff Barnard The Associated Press April 19, 2013   A bill to put a five-year moratorium on using suction dredges to mine for gold in key salmon streams is moving through the Oregon Legislature.   By a 3-2 vote Wednesday night, the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee referred Senate Bill 838 … Continue reading Lawmakers mull gold dredging moratorium

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

Press Release: Bills to Curb Suction Dredge Mining Approved by Key Senate Committee


For immediate release April 18, 2013   Contact Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, 541.844.8182 Erik Fernandez, Oregon Wild, 971.230.4484 Forrest English, Rogue Riverkeeper, 541.261.2030   Salem, OR — Outdoor businesses, the commercial fishing industry, fisheries experts, and conservation organizations applaud the passage of Senate Bill 838 and SB 401 by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources … Continue reading Press Release: Bills to Curb Suction Dredge Mining Approved by Key Senate Committee

Bills Introduced to Curb Suction Dredge Mining to Protect Wild Salmon and Clean Water


The Oregon legislature is currently considering: 1) SB 838 which would enact a moratorium on suction dredge mining in Essential Salmon Habitat in Oregon, and 2) SB 401 which would require the state of Oregon to review a list of nearly 30 river segments and make a recommendation as to whether or not they should … Continue reading Bills Introduced to Curb Suction Dredge Mining to Protect Wild Salmon and Clean Water

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