Forest Web of Cottage Grove

Help stop the Jordan Cove terminal by submitting comments today!

From Oregon League of Conservation Voters...

 

Lately it feels like the threats to Oregon’s environment won’t let up. Especially around Coos Bay. First the Elliott State Forest, Oregon’s first state forest and a unique coastal rainforest, was threatened by privatization. Now, a company promoting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, whose project was denied permits twice by the federal government, has decided to try again in the wake of President Trump’s election.

The proposed LNG export terminal would threaten not just the environment of Coos Bay, but all who live along the proposed pipeline, which would stretch into Eastern Oregon. With President Trump dictating policy at the Executive level, it’s now up to us to stop it.

The LNG terminal and pipeline is problematic on so many levels.

1.       the terminal and associated traffic would harm the environment in Coos Bay, which currently is home to crabbing, tourism, and more.

2.       the company behind the project is threatening landowners with eminent domain if they do not agree with the project.

3.        the proposed pipeline would cross vulnerable areas of the Rogue River, harming natural salmon habitat.

4.       the pipeline would cross drinking water sources in the Medford area, harming public health.

5.       And finally, fossil fuels are simply not a sustainable solution. Shipping the fracked natural gas to Asia would not lower pollution and would actually contribute to global warming.

We believe in a clean energy future for all, which is why we support renewable energy options that decrease pollution and greenhouse gases. A project like the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline and terminal would harm the local environment and the earth as a whole. It is nonsensical to pursue a fossil fuels project like this when we are so close to a Clean Energy future.

Senator Merkley has come out against this project, as have fisherman, farmers, and thousands of people across Oregon. Now, we’re asking you to submit comments as well.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and US Army Corps opened a 60-day public comment period for a Clean Water Act permit that, if denied, could stop the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline.

It’s up to us to use our voices to speak out against this project and stand against the company proposing this project, which wants to use the resources of Oregon for profit instead of for its people.

Will you help stop the pipeline by writing and submitting comments to our agencies?

We’ve started the process for you, and you can use our tool to send an email to the agencies, but it’s up to you to speak up for the values you see in Oregon -- the values you want to preserve along with the environment.

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Not-So-Clean Slate, logging old growth and putting communities at risk

From Klamath-Syskiyou Wild…

 

The Medford Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pushing ahead with plans to  log large old trees within old growth forests in the Illinois Valley of southwest Oregon. KS Wild has been working to protect these ancient forests, while pushing the BLM to focus on the real management needs: restoring watersheds, reducing wildfire threats around homes and communities, and managing the backlog of highly flammable tree plantations on the public lands they manage.

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Don't Let Congress Gut The Endangered Species Act

From Natural Resources Defense Council…

 

Anti-environment members of Congress have already introduced legislative attacks that would undermine the Endangered Species Act, threatening the survival of sage grouse, grizzly bears, gray wolves, polar bears, beluga whales and countless other imperiled wildlife and ecosystems. And it sets a dangerous precedent of letting politics, not science, determine the fate of our planet's most vulnerable creatures.

We can't let this fundamental environmental law be decimated by lawmakers and their big polluter allies. Tell your senators and representative to stand up for the Endangered Species Act and oppose any legislation that will further jeopardize our nation's wildlife and wildlands.

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Help Make Oregon’s Forests Part of the Solution To Climate Change!

Drought. Floods. Hurricanes. Forest fires. Melting glaciers. Rivers that are too warm to support salmon and trout. These are just some of the symptoms of the new climate era we live in. One wonders, “What I can do to lessen the threat of climate change?” The answer lies within the unique natural capital of Oregon – our forests. In Oregon, we have a real opportunity to be part of a global strategy to reduce carbon emissions. Oregon’s forests can sequester more carbon per acre than any other forest type on the planet, but only if we adopt climate smart alternatives that produce the big trees that Oregon was once famous for.

 

The Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA) governs the management of nearly nine million acres of private timberlands. However, the OFPA is woefully outdated. It incentivizes multinational corporations (aka Big Timber), which own over half of private forestlands in Oregon) to maximize profits through harmful logging practices. In fact, timber harvesting is by far the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. Annual emissions associated with the removal of stored carbon, sacrificed sequestration and decay of logging residuals averaged 33 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Making matters worse, industrial forest practices undermine climate resiliency by drying up water supplies, increasing fire risk, and increasing the severity of floods and landslides.

 

The Oregon legislature is considering a bill, SB 1070 (aka “Greenhouse Gas Cap and Invest”), which would cap carbon emissions from many sectors of the Oregon economy, except Big Timber. Including Big Timber in the legislation will reduce emissions from clearcutting, incentivize climate smart alternatives, and help enroll Oregon’s forests in the global fight to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

 

By signing this petition, you are telling the Oregon legislature and Governor Kate Brown to include Big Timber in the cap and invest bill because you want Oregon to be part of solution to climate change, not part of the problem.

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From Pacific Rivers…

Stop the "Logging without Laws" Bill!

The radical "Logging without Laws" bill is scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives next week!

 

While versions of this bill have passed before, what we see now is more extreme than in any previous iteration. Put simply, this is perhaps the single greatest legislative assault on conservation in decades! Oregon Congressmen Peter Defazio has voted for the previous iteration of the bill, which means he need to hear from you today to stop this new version from going forward.

 

The chief goal of the so-called “Resilient Federal Forests Act” (HR 2936) is to dramatically increase unaccountable clearcut logging on public lands across the country. To do this, the bill stokes fears about forest fires to create massive regulatory loopholes to the environmental laws and regulations that have governed our public lands for the past four decades. Ironically, if implemented, this bill would like make forests less healthy and resilient to forest fires!

For context, logging projects up to 45 square miles (the size of Eugene) would be exempt from the standard environmental and scientific review required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The bill further guts our bedrock environmental laws by eliminating citizen oversight of management decisions in order to prioritize aggressive logging above all other uses of our public lands, like recreation, clean water, or wildlife habitat.

 

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Say “No” to Corruption and Clearcuts!

“Struggling Oregon county spent safety net money on pro-timber video, animal trapping” the headline read on the Oregonian website on September 27th.  Douglas County politicians were exposed taking federal grant money intended for education, firefighting and other government services and instead spending it on a pro-clearcutting video, lobbying junkets to Washington DC, and a program to kill black bears and porcupines disliked by logging companies.

The Oregonian series exposed how Douglas County Commissioners, in a county so broke it closed all of its public libraries this year, used grant money from a federal program known as Secure Rural Schools to fund an obscure pro-logging organization known as “Communities for Healthy Forests.”  The organization, started by logging industry figures and their allies, was granted nearly $500,000 of public money over the last two years—money intended to fund after school programs, firefighting, and other vital local services.

 

Instead, Communities for Healthy Forests spent tens of thousands of dollars contracting former County Commissioners from Douglas and Jackson Counties to lobby Congress, and to commission a pro-clearcutting video that directs viewers to contact their Congressional representatives and demand more aggressive logging in areas recovering from forest fires. The video was released the day before Rep. Greg Walden introduced HR 3715, his infamous “Columbia Gorge Clearcut Act.”

Some funding was also redirected to pay for Wildlife Services programs that trap, poison, and shoot native wildlife disliked by local logging companies.

 

Using federal grant money to lobby Congress has long been illegal, and Oregon Wild was able to confirm after the story broke that the Communities for Healthy Forests executive director personally distributed the video to Congressional staff. Douglas County Commissioners and Communities for Healthy Forests may have broken the law.

 

The good news is that Rep. Earl Blumenauer has called for the US Forest Service to conduct full investigation into this growing scandal. But other Oregon elected officials also need to take a stand!

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OPPOSE the War on Wolves Rider!

If the Help for Wildlife Act (S.1514) is passed into law, wolves will die at the hands of trophy hunters.

The toxic legislation proposes to permanently remove federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Wyoming, to allow trophy hunting of wolves to immediately resume within these states. To add insult to injury, the bill prohibits its judicial review thus preventing any legal challenge.

Judicial review is an important part of the checks and balances to limit the authority of the legislative branch. Wolves are on the table today. What tomorrow? Our environment? Our public health? Our civil rights? Would your Senator support a bill that undermines one of the central pillars of American democracy?

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Speak up for Oregon's Wolves!

Tell Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to strengthen protections in their wolf management plan.

Forest Web of Cottage Grove testified at ODFW wolf management plan hearings held in La Grande last October.  And, we will be speaking up again this Friday in Portland, arguing for only non-lethal solutions for wildlife /livestock conflicts, for ODFW to control all livestock depredation investigations, and not to allow the trophy hunting of wolves!

 

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To Learn more about ODFW's Wolf Conservation & Management, and the draft plan, use the following links:

 

 2016 Wolf Annual Report

 

Draft Wolf Conservation & Management Plan

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