"Forests precede civilizations and deserts follow them." Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand
Restore Protections for Wolves!
The state of wolf recovery across the country is in peril and we need your voice to help it get back on track!
Last week, the Idaho legislature passed a bill which would allow state wildlife managers, private contractors, and hired guns to wipe out up to 90% of the state's wolf population. Though a letter from former wildlife managers was recently sent to Governor Little asking him to veto the bill, it's still on his desk awaiting signature. Earlier this year, Wisconsin approved a wolf hunting season, and not only did hunters and trappers far exceed the allotted quota in just three days-- killing 216 wolves instead of 119 -- but even staff within their own Department of Natural Resources called the hunt “an abomination”. Finally, the Montana legislature is debating several bills that would expand wolf hunting, trapping, and snaring. All of this after their own Governor, failing to comply with state regulation, trapped and killed a Yellowstone wolf.
TELL SENATORS MERKLEY AND WYDEN: WORK WITH THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE OUR FORESTS AREN’T USED AS FUEL FOR ELECTRICITY.
It exacerbates climate change, threatens forests and the communities that depend on them, and doesn’t compete with solar and wind.
For years, scientists have warned that burning trees to produce electricity worsens climate change, in the same way as coal and other fossil fuels. Cutting older trees reduces a forest’s overall carbon storage capacity. And per unit of energy, biomass-burning plants emit more CO2 from their smokestacks than coal.
It takes decades for tree-burning power plants to deliver any climate benefits, and only if re-planted forests fully regrow. This timescale is incompatible with the urgent need to address the climate crisis and diverts much-needed investment from real clean energy solutions.
Protect Oregon's Federal Forests from Post-Fire Logging!
Right now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing to log thousands of acres of fire-impacted federal public lands across the state. The Trump Administration’s recent expansion in the size of logging projects that can be “categorically excluded” from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on lands managed by the BLM is one way federal agencies are planning to permit the large-scale logging of fire-affected public lands with little public oversight, process or transparency.
The last giants are falling in British Columbia. Old growth forests, home to tall, ancient trees, are still being commercially logged. Now, less than 1% of forests in BC are home to stands of large, old trees.
This issue affects communities across Canada. Healthy, old growth forests clean the air, shield us from fire and flooding, and store massive amounts of carbon. Once logged, it takes hundreds of years to recover the majority of that stored carbon. Protecting old growth forests is one of the most effective things we can do to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
BC recently released an independent report confirming the urgent need to ban logging for the most at-risk old growth forests. But instead of taking action, the government has left the majority of these forests on the chopping block.
These ancient forests need our protection.
Sign the petition urging the BC government to ban logging for the most at-risk old growth forests
Center for Biological Diversity - September, 18, 2020
Nearly three dozen wolf pups, likely four to six weeks old, were killed in Idaho in just 12 months.
The pups were among the 570 wolves killed in Idaho. Many were gunned down, whil eothers died of hypothermia as they tried frantically to break free from painful traps. The slaugher that took place from July 2019 to June 2020 wiped out almost 60% of the state's wolf population.
It was a record-breaking year for wolf killing — and the bloodthirst for wolf hunts is only getting worse.
Idaho is Exhibit A in what could go wrong for wolves if they lose Endangered Species Act protection — a move, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that is "imminent" and likely by the end of the year.
Healthy forests are one of Oregon’s best climate solutions and best lines of defense for vulnerable communities. Tell Oregon’s lawmakers to prioritize environmental justice and climate change at the Oregon Department of Forestry.
We need a new kind of leadership at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Oregon's forests store and sequester vast amounts of carbon, protect vulnerable communities from flooding and mudslides, and ensure the state has abundant clean, cool drinking water. Healthy forests are important for all Oregonians, and we need to call on our state leaders to protect and restore these incredible ecosystems in a manner that places climate change and environmental justice center stage. Unfortunately, the Oregon Department of Forestry is stuck in the past when it comes to managing our forests. Logging continues to be priorities 1, 2, and 3 for the agency. It's time to prioritize clean water, carbon storage, and an opportunity to connect communities with nature and their natural heritage.
Please join us in calling on state legislators to fully fund multiple new climate change positions within the agency, along with three new equity-focused positions— an Environmental Justice Coordinator, Sustainability Coordinator, and Liaison to Tribal Governments Coordinator. Together, these additions to ODF would help challenge the agency's broken status quo and move it towards a new equitable future where our forests are seen as more than just board feet for logging companies.
Wolves were once common along the West Coast, from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state through Oregon to the far reaches of Southern California. As keystone predators, wolves are vital for regulating prey populations like deer and elk, helping many other species. By forcing elk to move more, for example, wolves can increase streamside vegetation and, along with it, beaver and songbird populations.
Ask your representatives to curb damaging post-fire logging
From Oregon Wild:
Let Oregon's Congressional representatives know you want post-fire landscapes managed for ecological renewal, not short-term profit.
Almost every forest in the Pacific Northwest has burned at some point. As a naturally-occurring disturbance, wildfire boosts diversity in forests by helping to create biological legacies like standing dead snags, downed woody debris, and natural openings. This added complexity creates space for complex habitat and rich diversity that is not present in forests that have been cut and replanted with a single tree species. Sadly, these important complex fire-burned landscapes are becoming increasingly rare as both private and public lands are ravaged by new roads, heavy equipment, and chainsaws soon after a fire goes out.
Logging after a fire sets back the natural process that has rejuvenated Oregon's forests for millennia. Numerous studies have documented how post-fire logging (also called “salvage logging”) significantly delays ecological recovery and undermines the ability of federal public lands to play their role providing critical habitat, clean water and supporting long-term sequestration and carbon storage on the landscape. In fact, logging is the single most destructive action that can be taken after a fire.
Add Your Name: Help Protect the Tongass National Forest Now!
Trump's attack on the Tongass — the world's largest intact temperate rainforest — is the latest in his anti-environmental, anti-democratic agenda. With your signature and public comment, we can submit overwhelming evidence for the need to protect the Tongass National forest. This forest is of global importance, and opening it to logging and mining will have permanent, detrimental consequences.
First Trump gutted the Endangered Species Act, and now, at a time where forests are burning all over the world, he's instructing Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to exempt Alaska's 16.7-million-acre Tongass National Forest from nearly 20-year-old logging restrictions, endangering the forest's biodiversity, and beautiful wildlife –– like wolves and grizzly bears.
Make your voice heard while Sonny Perdue is reading public comments!
We only have a limited amount of time to tell Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue that he must say no to Trump's corrupt objectives and protect the Tongass Forest. Tell Perdue to hold forest and wildlife protection above corporate greed by signing below!
A new investigation reveals a public institute has been working for years to influence public opinion and policy, and undermine science, in violation of the law. Read the report, then take action to defund the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.
Save Our Endangered Forests from Logging, Fight Climate Change
Our ancient forests capture and store vast amounts of carbon pollution. Tell the US Department of Agriculture to protect our remaining old-growth.
Our nation’s old forests, especially old growth forests in the Tongass National Forest and forests of the Pacific Northwest, are an incredibly important climate solution. These temperate rainforests rival tropical rainforests in terms of the amount of carbon they store per acre, but they are still being logged when they should be protected for carbon storage, wildlife habitat, and clean water.
We need the US Department of Agriculture to protect our last remaining mature and old growth forests!
When we protect our forests from logging, we both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure these forests continue to store vast amounts of carbon —a win-win climate change solution! In Oregon our intact forests also offer unique and critical habitat for at risk fish and wildlife, including the marbled murrelet, salmon, and the spotted owl. Healthy forests also filter water to keep our streams, rivers and lakes clean and cold, and these same forests protect watersheds and communities from flooding and landslides.
Take action to call on the US Department of Agriculture to incorporate permanent protections for mature and old growth forests, especially the temperate rainforests of the Tongass and Pacific Northwest, as part of our nation’s strategy to address climate change.
Months after a breakthrough media investigation exposed the misdeeds of the logging industry's quasi-governmental propaganda arm, the Oregon Legislature is considering a bill (HB 2357) that would eliminate the Oregon Forest Resources Institute and rechannel their funding to useful purposes. We need your help to tell your state legislators that now is the time to disband OFRI.
We are rapidly approaching a crucial time to weigh in on the future of the Elliott State Forest. Many of you have followed the issues surrounding the ESF for many years and have supported our efforts to keep the forest in public ownership and to protect critical habitat.
For the last 2 years, the Department of State Lands and Oregon State University have been drafting a plan to make the Elliott State Research Forest, and the College of Forestry has released a draft for public review. Unfortunately, OSU failed to provide a final report until just yesterday, with many pieces of the proposal still to be worked out.
Please take the time to submit any feedback or comment to the Department of State Lands by 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 29th, asking them to address the unresolved issues before the Land Board votes on this proposal! These comments will be reviewed and summarized at the State Land Board meeting in December.
Trump's new appointee to NOAA, David Legates, believes the sun and not unchecked carbon emissions cause climate change. He even said rising CO2 levels in the ocean are fine because they'll produce bigger crabs. We urge you to everything you can to stop his appointment and keep this climate denier out of a key position in an important federal agency.
Why is this important?
As fires fueled by a climate crisis rage across the West Coast, Trump just appointed a climate denier to a key position in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- the federal agency that focuses on weather and climate.
Trump's new appointee, David Legates, believes the sun and not unchecked carbon emissions cause climate change. He even said rising CO2 levels in the ocean are fine because they'll produce bigger crabs.
Trump is stacking federal agencies with stay-behind forces who will continue to advance his extremist agenda even if Trump isn't there for a second term. That's why Congress needs to act now to stop climate deniers like Legates from taking up crucial positions that oversee federal climate research. Can you help?
Tell Green Diamond NOT to Clear Cut an Old Growth Forest!
August 30, 2020 - Over the weekend, grassroots activists discovered that Green Diamond Timber Company has plans to clear cut an old-growth forest containing trees over 1000 years old near Wynoochee Lake on the Olympic Peninsula. On their ground-truthing expedition to the forest, activists found massive Douglas Fir trees and Western Red Cedar within an active Timber Harvest Plan (THP). New roads have been bulldozed into the forest and activists found a 631-year-old stump felled in road construction. Green Diamond is already doing active clearcutting in the area and could start logging the ancient forest any day. The area we have dubbed ‘The Wynoochee Remnant’ is habitat to...