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Stop the Kill - Save the Wolves!

From Cascadia Wildlands...

 

Late Thursday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a kill order that could lead to the deaths of all but the breeding female of the Lookout Mountain wolf pack, including the remaining five 20 week old baby wolves. ODFW already killed two babies when they were just 14 weeks old. Wolves younger than six months do not participate in pack hunts, and therefore are not responsible for any predations on livestock.

 

Call Governor Kate Brown's office today at 503-378-4582 and ask her to
rescind the kill order now!
Take Action!
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Tell the Biden administration to restore federal ESA protections for wolves!

The past year has been heartbreaking for wolf lovers across the nation, as we’ve seen gray wolves stripped of their federal Endangered Species Act protections –threatening decades of progress toward recovery.

We’re still fighting for wolves in courts and communities across the country. Now, as the Biden administration continues to prioritize restoring wildlife and wild places, we have an opportunity to call for these vulnerable wolves to be re-listed to keep the dream of wolf recovery alive!

Help us reverse the premature delisting of gray wolves in the lower 48 states.

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Forests for All, Forests for the Future

From Oregon Wild…

 

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.

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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.

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Protect Oregon's Forests!

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) is not what it seems. Masquerading as an educational group, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute spends their time lobbying and advertising in favor of the timber industry and covering up scientific studies that would harm the industry’s image. All this, using tax dollars. Last week’s report from Secretary of State Shemia Fagan made it clear that OFRI is misleading the public, and even breaking the law.

 

It’s time to hold OFRI accountable for spreading lies and prioritizing the timber industry’s bottom line over the health and sustainability of our forests.

Please ask your lawmakers to read the report and take action in the next legislative session!

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Sign the petition to President Biden: It’s time to hold the Forestry Industry Accountable for its Climate, Biodiversity, and Community Impacts

The United States is home to some of the world’s most diverse forests. Protecting these forests is as vital to solving the dual climate and environmental justice crises as transitioning to clean, renewable energy.

Standing, living natural forests are our only hope for removing and storing enough carbon from the atmosphere at the scale necessary to help stabilize the climate and keep temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees. Forests also provide clean drinking water, wildlife habitat, soil productivity, fresh air, and natural flood control, helping to protect our communities from the worst climate change impacts.

However, the US is among the world’s largest producers and consumers of wood products. Logging rates are among the highest on Earth. The scales have tipped towards looking to our forests primarily as a wood-supply store, largely ignoring their life-supporting and climate stabilizing functions.

The reality is that massive extraction and degradation of forests occurs in the U.S. at one of the fastest rates in the world. Threats to US forests are accelerating with a recent increase in the use of wood for electricity generation, in spite of scientific warnings that substituting coal or gas with wood will accelerate climate disruption.

For decades, forest policy in the U.S. has served to support the forest products industry, ensuring economic returns for large corporations and private landowners at the expense of healthy forests, workers, and communities. The forest products industry is driving massive carbon emissions, degrading forests, polluting the air and water, and compromising vital ecosystem services. The impacts, like so many other dirty and destructive industries, disproportionately harm low-income and communities of color.

As President Biden works to uphold his promises to address climate change and environmental justice, we must urge him to establish strong, ecologically-sound, and environmentally-just protections for our forests, as they are central to fulfilling these pledges.

From the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast, communities are calling for a Green New Deal for forests to meet the pressing needs of mitigating the climate crisis, defending communities against its worst impacts, and advancing a just transition.

Sign the petition to President Biden: In order to ensure your robust climate action will be successful, you must include protections for forests.

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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.

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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.

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Urge Protections for Endangered Species on the Elliott

Oregon State University's College of Forestry and the Oregon Department of State Lands recently released a working draft of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the proposed 82,500-acre Elliott State Research Forest near Coos Bay.  This habitat plan analyzed the impacts the proposed research forest's logging would have on endangered species, like the northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet.

While there are many promising conservation gains in the Elliott State Research forest proposal, like the creation of a 34,000-acre permanent reserve and protection of over 90% of the remaining forests over 65 years old, the impacts to Endangered Species Act-listed species as conveyed by the Habitat Conservation Plan are significant and far beyond what the public understood they would be.

For instance, 11 of the 23 northern spotted owl activity centers found on the Elliott would be "taken" due to the impacts the research logging would have on older forests critical to the survival of this imperiled species. Over the past two years, the public was assured that no amount of take would occur during the 80-year plan.

Also potential impacts to the marbled murrelet, a seabird that nests in older forests, are far more significant than was suggested. OSU had indicated that it needed approximately 1,400 acres of occupied marbled murrelet habitat for research, but the HCP discloses that more than 4,000 acres of occupied habitat may be impacted.

Please take action now (or no later than Friday, July 2), and let the Oregon Department of State Lands and Oregon State University know you want a strong plan for imperiled species on the Elliott.

The road to creating a lasting and durable conservation solution for the Elliott State Forest has been a long one, and you have played an integral role in shaping its outcome. Thank you again for taking action today to help ensure we enact a plan that generations to come will be thankful for.

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Tell Senators Merkley and Wyden: work with the Biden Administration to ensure our forests aren’t used as fuel for electricity.

Burning wood in power plants is not “carbon neutral” energy.

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 replanted 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.

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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.

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Sign now: Protect old growth forests from logging

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