Tag Archives: Clearcutting in Oregon

Oregon Rejects Elliott State Forest Privatization Proposal

The ECOreport reposts news that the protections for 82,500 acres of forests and salmon habitat will continue, Oregon rejects Elliott State Forest Privatization Proposal

Press Release from Cascadia Wildlands

In a 3-0 vote today, the Oregon State Land Board, made up of Governor Kate Brown, Treasurer Tobias Read and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, terminated the protocol that led to the timber industry proposal to privatize the 82,500-acre Elliott State Forest in the Oregon Coast Range.

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Oregon Timber Plan Riddled With Loopholes

The ECOreport reposts Latest BLM Plan Increases Clearcutting and Dismantles Streamside Forest Protections for Clean Water, Salmon, and Communities, Oregon Timber Plan Riddled With Loopholes

Originally Published on Cascade Wildlands

Washington D.C.—Today, Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of 22 conservation and fishing groups, filed a formal protest with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) objecting to its proposed management plans for western Oregon. The BLM plan eliminates protections for streamside forests, increases clearcutting, and removes 2.6 million acres of these federally managed public forests from the 1994 Clinton Northwest Forest Plan.

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BLM Weakens Environmental Protections in Western Oregon

The ECOreport reposts news that the BLM weakens environmental protections in Western Oregon

Originally Published on Cascade Wildlands

Portland – The Bureau of Land Management today released new plans that will guide recreation, wildlife habitat protection, water quality, and logging on 2.6 million acres of federal forests in western Oregon. Home to salmon and ancient forests, these public lands also provide drinking water for nearly 1.8 million Oregonians. If made final, the Proposed Resource Management Plan would weaken key protections of the Northwest Forest Plan that has guided management and ecosystem restoration on these forests for the past two decades.

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New Website Documents Oregon’s Failure To Curb Logging Abuses

The ECOreport reposts the story of Oregon Forest Voices – a New Website Documents Oregon’s Failure To Curb Logging Abuses

Originally Published on Oregon Wild

The environmental groups Beyond Toxics and Oregon Wild launched a website highlighting the consequences of practices allowed under Oregon’s industrial logging laws on Oregon’s rural residents. The site features stories of families collected from more than ten different Oregon counties detailing family members, drinking water, property, and businesses impacted by aerial herbicide sprays and other harmful logging practices.

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Francis Eatherington

Josh Laughlin reminiscences about the 17 years he has known Francis Eatherington and her recent departure from the staff of Cascadia Wildlands

From Cascadia Wildlands

By Josh Laughlin

I remember first meeting Francis Eatherington the day she rolled into an Earth First! road blockade high up on the Umpqua National Forest on her motorcycle. She was wearing a leather biking jacket, had a stack of timber sale maps under her arm, a compass dangling from her neck and a ruffled brow, shaking her finger in the air, furious that the Forest Service was intent on punching roads and logging units into the adjacent Mt. Bailey roadless area.

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Court Of Appeals Dismissed The Oregon Logging Decision

In 2010, two logging companies & three organizations sued the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Wilds, Cascadia Wildlands & the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center after failing to obtain their allowable take from southwest Oregon. During the period from 2004 to 2010, they took their annual quota from Medford district twice and never met it in Roseburg district. The industry won in 2013, but failed to show actually they suffered harm when this was appealed. The Court of Appeals dismissed the Oregon logging decision.

Joint Press Release from Earthjustice, Oregon Wilds, Cascadia Wildlands & the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center

D0723A17-6B6A-498D-BC9F-53B52B626CA1Washington, D.C. — A logging industry lawsuit that sought to force the Bureau of Land Management to increase logging on public lands in southwest Oregon was thrown out today by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling vacates a 2013 decision that would have forced the Bureau of Land Management to sell timber even when those sales would have harmed salmon and had detrimental impacts on water quality and recreation.
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Oregon’s State Capitol and Other State Properties Auctioned

STATE CAPITOL, GOVERNOR’S MANSION, AND DEPARTMENT OF STATE LANDS BUILDING OFFERED TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER

Press Release from Cascadia Forest Defenders

SALEM — This morning, the Cascadia Forest Defenders, posing as the State Land Board, attempted to sell off the State Capitol right on the capitol steps. In addition, the Capitol grounds, the Governor’s mansion, the Department of State Lands, and the entire state police force were sold or offered for sale.

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Oregon: Protecting Threatened Marbled Murrelets From Clearcutting

Logging of Parcels Liquidated from Elliott State Forest Will Harm Marbled Murrelets, Other Oregon Wildlife, Water and People

From Cascadia Wildlands

EUGENE, Ore.— Conservation groups filed a notice of intent to sue Seneca Jones and Scott Timber today to prevent the imminent clearcutting of three large parcels of Elliott State Forest lands that were recently sold to these companies. The notice presents evidence that the clearcut logging conducted by both companies will harm federally protected marbled murrelets, seabirds that come inland to nest and breed in mature and old-growth forests. The Endangered Species Act prohibits actions that injure or kill threatened species, including destruction of occupied habitat.
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State of Oregon Proceeding with Disposal of Elliott Parcels

From Cascadia Wildlands

Cascadia Wildlands LogoThe State of Oregon’s bidding process for three parcels totaling nearly 1,500 acres of the Elliott State Forest closed on April 11th, with the high bidders to be announced later this week. Last week, Cascadia Wildlands informed the State that portions of the sale were illegal under Oregon law, and we are seeking to resolve these issues before commencing litigation. Cascadia is committed to preventing the privatization and clearcutting of public forestlands, especially given that these lands are being offered at a nearly 85% discount, and because of their high value for salmon and wildlife.

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Oregon Mudslide Raises Questions about Clearcutting

Neighboring landowners discover mudslide in Buck Rising clearcut; fear Wyden plan to clearcut public lands could cause many more.

From Oregon Wild

ROSEBURG, OR Feb 27, 2014 Earlier this week, neighboring landowners discovered a mudslide in the “experimental” Buck Rising clearcut logging project on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Douglas County.  The type of clearcutting used in the project has been the model for US Senator Ron Wyden’s plan to double logging levels on O&C lands in Western Oregon.
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