Forest Web of Cottage Grove

Take Action to Protect the Endangered Species Act!

After 46 Years of Saving Endangered Species, the ESA Needs Your Voice!

Over the summer, the Trump administration unveiled its final changes to the rules that implement the Endangered Species Act (ESA) — a series of disastrous regulatory changes best characterized as an “Extinction Plan”. The rule rollbacks represent a fundamental attack on this cornerstone of conservation law, making it harder to protect wildlife from multiple threats, including habitat loss and those posed by climate change.

In an effort to fight this latest step to cripple the nation’s best tool for helping to prevent extinction, members of the House and Senate introduced “Protect America’s Wildlife and Fish in Need of Protection Act of 2019” or the “PAW and FIN Act of 2019” legislation aimed to repeal all three final rule changes to the ESA.

Given that science has concluded that we have entered an unprecedented period of human-caused Sixth Mass extinction, we need to make every effort to help imperiled species heal and flourish.

Ask your Congressional representatives to support the PAW and FIN Conservation Act of 2019 (H.B. 4348 and S. 2491) to protect the world's "gold standard" for conservation and protection of imperiled species.

Sign Here!


From No LNG Exports:

ACTION ALERT: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to hand over 777 acres of public forests to Jordan Cove LNG in order to facilitate 42 miles of fracked gas pipeline construction across public lands. Because the forest removal and pipeline construction violate so many provisions of BLM’s resource management plan, the BLM is proposing to throw out the rulebook and create a brand-new management plan designation specifically to expedite fossil fuel export through our public lands in Oregon.

Submit a comment before Dec. 23 at

Protect gray wolves from the Trump administration's assault

From: Natural Resources Defense Council:

The gray wolf, an iconic apex predator species that once roamed most of the continental United States, is under attack.

When the gray wolf gained protections under the Endangered Species Act in 1974, the keystone predators had virtually vanished from all but one state. A century of hunting, trapping, and habitat loss had pushed them to near extinction in the Lower 48 states—an onslaught from which they are still recovering.

But lawmakers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have been prematurely rolling back protections for wolves. In 2011, Congress delisted the gray wolf in Montana and Idaho; then in 2013, the FWS proposed removing endangered species protections for nearly all of the nation’s gray wolves, but NRDC fought back, working with our partners to help galvanize people to send in more than one million public comments to oppose the scientifically flawed proposal.

Complicating the wolf’s recovery are livestock-predator conflicts, which can result in the lethal removal of a wolf—or even an entire pack. NRDC has partnered with ranchers and state and federal agencies like Wildlife Services to implement proactive nonlethal measures, such as fladry (flags on electrified wire) and riders on horseback, to keep both livestock and wolves alive.

Under the Trump administration, the threat to wolves—and all endangered species—is greater than ever. In just one of many attacks against the Endangered Species Act, the House of Representatives advanced a bill in November 2018 that not only strips protections for the gray wolf but also significantly undermines the Act. The U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce also proposed rollbacks that would strip threatened species of protections and factor economic impacts into the listing process for the first time. And the FWS is poised to try to remove protections from wolves across the country once again—despite the great potential that remains for wolves’ continued recovery into significant portions of their former range in the West and Northeast.

Without healthy wolf populations, ecosystems are thrown out of balance. Predators act as checks on populations further down the food chain. Saving wolves means also saving fragile and complex ecosystems on which thousands of species rely—while also conserving an important piece of our national heritage.

Stop the EPA from Weakening the Clean Water Act!

Comment Deadline October 21, 2019 Send in your comments now!

Section 401 of the Clean Water Act reserves to states the right to adopt and enforce standards or limitations on discharging pollutants into U.S. waters. Currently under Section 401, a federal agency is prohibited from issuing a license or permit unless the state or authorized tribe where the discharge would originate either issues a Section 401 Water Quality Certification or waives the certification requirement.   The EPA’s proposed Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification would severely weaken the states’ rights to protect their waterways from pollution.


Summary of the proposal:  On August 8, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or agency) Administrator signed a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) providing updates and clarifications to the substantive and procedural requirements for water quality certification under Clean Water Act. The agency is announcing that a public hearing will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 5 and 6, 2019, to provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views, or information concerning the NPRM. The pre-publication version of this proposal can be found at


The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2019 and will be open for a 60-day public comment period which ends on October 21, 2019. Comments should be posted to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0405.




US EPA Proposes Rule Narrowing States’ Ability to Block Pipeline Projects

The National Law Review - Friday, August 30, 2019


On August 7, 2019, US EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the Agency’s newest proposal to amend the Clean Water Act (CWA) to streamline permitting of energy projects. Specifically, the proposed rule would amend the regulations concerning Section 401 of the CWA. It represents US EPA’s first comprehensive effort to promulgate federal rules governing the implementation of Section 401 of the CWA.


The proposed rule directs US EPA to revise guidance on the CWA Section 401 certification process and propose new rules to implement CWA Section 401 by August 8, 2019. When announcing the proposed rule, Administrator Wheeler stated: “[T]he United States has become the number one oil and gas energy producer in the world, while at the same time continuing to improve our air quality.” He then noted, “Our proposal is intended to help ensure that states adhere to the statutory language and intent of Clean Water Act. When implemented, this proposal will streamline the process for constructing new energy infrastructure projects that are good for American families, American workers, and the American economy…”


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Save the Endangered Species Act!

On Monday, Aug. 12, the U.S. Department of Interior announced that White House administration was revising the Endangered Species Act. This act would allow lawmakers to consider the economic costs of protecting a species before it is declared endangered which will effectively cancel the policy of automatically protecting threatened species, the designation below Endangered, and strip protections for newly threatened species from hunting and trapping.

From the Center for Biological Diversity:

Over the past four decades, the Act has become the single most important law for saving thousands of animals and plants from extinction. It's the reason the world still contains grizzly bears, wolves, sea turtles and bald eagles. And it's the reason we still have hope that polar bears won't be lost to climate change…

Stop the Clear-cut Amendment in the Oregon Climate Bill!


We have good news and bad news. The good news is that important legislation to combat climate change, HB 2020, passed out of the Ways and Means Committee of the Oregon legislature on Wednesday. The bad news is that logging corporations managed to sneak in an amendment to restrict forest conservation in Oregon from being used as a tool to fight climate change!

This is exactly the kind of last-minute, closed-door deal-making corporate lobbyists have used time and time again to block measures to protect Oregon's wildlife, clean water, and public health. 

The clear-cut amendment directs that any projects to capture and store carbon developed under HB 2020 must not reduce “fiber supply” (ie, logging volume)  in Oregon. This undermines the single biggest step Oregon can take to combat climate change--reforming logging practices and restoring old-growth forests!

Oregon's forests, particularly the wet Douglas fir and spruce forests of the Cascades and the Coast Range, are our greatest asset in addressing climate change. They already capture and store vast amounts of carbon each year, with 6 of the 10 most carbon-rich National Forests in America located in Oregon.  And a recent study by Oregon State University (OSU) scientists found that by lengthening logging rotations and reducing clearcutting on private land, and restoring old-growth on public lands, we could increase carbon storage in Oregon forests by 17% by 2100.

Unfortunately, today Oregon is literally clearcutting our climate. The Trump administration and anti-environmental politicians are trying to cut protections for old-growth forests on our public lands, while Oregon's weak Forest Practices Act encourages rampant clearcutting on state and private lands. OSU researchers estimate that logging accounts for 35% of our state's total annual carbon emissions.

Yet the clear-cut amendment would bar common sense, cost-effective forest conservation projects from being included in HB 2020's carbon offsets program. Instead of allowing small woodland owners the option of protecting their forests by selling carbon credits, it maintains the status quo and seeks to put corporate profits over addressing climate change. It is like Brazil adopting climate change legislation that bans protecting rainforests!

Please contact your legislators and ask them to drop the clear0-cut amendment that bans forest carbon projects from HB 2020. We should not put the profits of Wall Street logging corporations ahead of the health of our climate, and take the single biggest step Oregon can take to combat climate change off the table.

Over 1,000,000 million species are at risk of extinction

Get involved in saving them!


According to the United Nation’s recent global assessment study, one in four species is at risk of extinction.  Every one of these species plays an important role in their ecosystems which are threatened by Climate Change.  As individuals, we need to take responsibility and try to mitigate the damage and save every species possible.

Forest Web’s recent involvement with a nation-wide campaign to prevent US Fish & Wildlife from de-listing the Grey wolf, helped to generate over 900,000 comments, extending the comment period.  We’ve also participated in public hearings in Oregon for wolf recovery, shared news articles and information on public hearings, not only for wolves, but also for Oregon’s other endangered species.

May 17th is National Endangered Species Day, and we’re asking all of you to find a way to get involved on a personal level to help the endangered species in your area.

What can you do to help?

·        Learn more about the Endangered Species Act and US Fish & Wildlife

·        Contact your State and Federal officials--tell them this is a high priority issue

·        Volunteer with your local environmental organizations

·        Get involved with a habitat restoration project

·        Participate in the public comment process at both the State and Federal levels

·        Start your own campaign to protect an endangered species in your area

·        Share information & get others involved

·        Sign & share petitions


Thank you!

Don’t Let Wolves be De-listed! Take Action Now!

The Interior Department will make a final decision on its proposal to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List after a public comment period that runs through May 14th.

Information on the plan, called a federal rule, along with instructions on how to comment, can be found at    

It’s Time to Howl for Wolves!

Contact Governor Kate Brown!

Oregon’s Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) plans to hold a vote on March 15th on the long overdue Wolf Conservation and Management Plan update, despite the protests lodged by environmental groups who walked out of the Governor’s mandated consensus meetings for the plan.

In a letter sent to Governor Kate Brown, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and Oregon Wild expressed their disapproval of the Wolf Conservation & Management Plan stakeholder process and draft plan, stating “...current proposed resolutions to be reflected in the Plan update are not only weaker than previous drafts, but highlight the failure of this flawed stakeholder process to develop a plan that represents the values of Oregonians.  After reviewing ODFW’s latest draft, it is clear the agency’s intention is to find ways to kill wolves faster, not prioritize conflict prevention through non-lethal measures.”

Forest Web of Cottage Grove applauds their decision to leave the table, and we’re asking all of you to contact Governor Brown today to show your support!

Contact Governor Kate Brown!

  • Express your support of the conservation groups' walk-out action.

  • Tell Governor Brown you stand behind the letter sent to her by Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and Oregon Wild.

  • Ask the Governor to invalidate the results of the stakeholder’s sessions and establish a truly unbiased review and revision of the Wolf Management Plan.

  • Demand a science-based approach to wolf recovery.

  • Let Governor Brown know you support only non-lethal solutions for wolf/livestock conflict resolution.

  • Tell the Governor to stop spending public dollars to kill wolves for private special interests (livestock producers).





Governor Kate Brown, 900 Court Street, Suite 254, Salem, OR 97301-4047


We also ask you to send an email to

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission


  • Tell them you do not support this draft of the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.

  • Tell them you want the Plan to reflect the best current science available for true wolf recovery.

  • Tell them you support non-lethal solutions for wolf/livestock conflict resolution.

  • Tell them you want a Plan that reflects the values of all Oregonians, not just one industry’s special interests.


Link to ODFW Wolf Management Plan

Stop Jordan Cove LNG and the Pacific Connector Pipeline!

Send a comment to Oregon Department of State Lands to Stop Jordan Cove LNG

On December 6, 2018, the Oregon Department of State Lands opened up a 60-day public comment period on a critical permit needed to construct the 229 mile Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline and the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal. Take action today to stop Oregon from becoming a fracked gas export hub by letting Oregon DSL know why you oppose the Jordan Cove project.

Send a comment to Oregon Department of State Lands to Stop Jordan Cove LNG here.

Urgent Action Needed: Congress trying to kill protection for endangered gray wolves!

From Wilderness Watch…

On November 16, the U.S. House passed the so-called “Manage Our Wolves Act” (H.R 6784) on a vote of 196-180. This bill, which now heads to the U.S. Senate, would end protection for gray wolves in the lower 48 states by removing their Endangered Species Act (ESA) status.

Remember, wildlife knows no boundaries and wolves that use designated Wilderness for part–or all–of their range could be affected!

H.R. 6784 would grant the states full management control of gray wolves, despite their federal endangered species status in most of the lower 48 where they still only occupy a small portion of their original range. In states where gray wolves have already lost ESA protection, trophy hunters and trappers have already killed thousands – including deep within designated Wilderness areas.

H.R. 6784 undermines science by removing scientists from the ESA decision-making process and will jeopardize the continued recovery of gray wolves and the ecosystems that benefit from them.

As part of an alarming growing trend, H.R. 6784 also seeks to preclude judicial review and exclude the public from the process. It is undemocratic to block American citizens from holding their government accountable.

H.R. 6784 is a direct threat to the recovery of gray wolves, the integrity of the Endangered Species Act, the wildness of our Wilderness areas, and to our democracy.

Please ACT NOW to stop extinction and help keep our Wilderness wild! Write to your Senators today and tell them to oppose the so-called “Manage Our Wolves Act!”

Sign Now!

Tell House Democrats to reject leaders who take fossil fuel money!

From Friends of the Earth…

As devastating wildfires rage on in California, it’s clear that communities across the U.S. are already feeling the impacts of climate chaos. And Americans are paying attention -- progressives like you turned out in the midterm elections to flip the House. Now, Democratic leaders have the chance to show true climate leadership.

The problem is, far too many of our leaders are still taking campaign contributions from the fossil fuel executives, lobbyists, and PACs who pretend the climate crisis isn’t happening. There is no way these elected officials will do what’s needed to stop climate chaos while they’re in the pockets of Big Oil.

Right now, Democrats in the House are choosing which Representatives to put in leadership positions. These Representatives will set the party’s legislative agenda for the House of Representatives for the next two years. So we need your help to demand that every new leader in the House Democratic caucus has said NO to fossil fuel money!

Sign today!

Tell Congress to keep ESA protections for gray wolves!

From Defenders of Wildlife…

This week, Congress will vote on H.R. 6784, the “Manage Our Wolves Act.” This reckless bill would remove federal protections put in place by the Endangered Species Act for gray wolves in the lower 48 states, leaving each of those states to figure out how to manage wolves for themselves.

If H.R. 6784 passes, it will also block judicial review of the decision to delist these wolves. Americans’ hands would be tied in seeking justice as hostile states decide for themselves how to manage wolves. And in states where they’ve already lost protection, thousands of wolves have been killed.

This callous, indifferent approach to wolf management can’t become the norm. We’re counting on you to tell Congress today that wolves deserve our protection!

Speak up for Wolves Now!

Public Comments Requested

Oregon Dept. of State Lands Releases Report on the Elliott State Forest

The Oregon Dept. of State Lands (DSL) report on the Elliott State Forest is out, and DSL is asking for public review and comments.


Link to the Elliott Report

The report explores issues and interests regarding decoupling the forest from the Common School Fund. Decoupling would compensate the school fund for the value of the forest and release the forest from its obligation to generate revenue for schools. The forest would remain publicly owned, potentially by a different public owner.


Discussion regarding the future of the Elliott State Forest will continue at the State Land Board meeting on December 18. During Tuesday's meeting, the Board asked that potential public owners, including Oregon State University, indicate their interest to DSL and come before the Board in December. DSL will also present a summary of public feedback at the December meeting. Note: the December meeting date has changed from December 11 to December 18.


Feedback may be submitted until 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 via web form or by U.S. mail to Elliott State Forest Project, 775 Summer St. NE, Ste. 100, Salem OR 97301.

Sign the petition: Call on your state governor to protect our forests!

Sign the petition to your Governor: Commit to Stand4Forests and protect our climate and ecosystem from ruination.

Standing forests are crucial to life on our planet. They provide our communities with clean air, fresh water, carbon storage, are home to thousands of unique species of plants and animals. Additionally, they're essential to protect us from flooding and drought and supporting truly sustainable economic development.

Climate science shows that we cannot stop a climate catastrophe without scaling up the protection of forests around the world, including in the United States -- but our forests are being destroyed and degraded at an alarming rate.

The United States is the world’s largest producer and consumer of wood products, which continues to drive massive extraction and degradation of forests at one of the fastest rates in the world. When our forests are destroyed, degraded, converted to plantations, or harvested to burn for bioenergy, their climate and ecological benefits disappear.

The destruction and degradation of US forests is a climate emergency, and we are clearcutting away a critical solution to the climate crisis. The social, ecological, and economic benefits of keeping our forests standing are not valued by the current system that puts corporate profit above the well-being of people and life on Earth.

Sign the petition to your Governor: Commit to Stand4Forests and protect our climate and ecosystem from ruination.

Block and resist Dow Chemical executive Peter Wright at the EPA!

Urgent Petition!

With Scott Pruitt leaving in shame, things at the EPA are now going from bad to worse: a DowDupont executive is reportedly overseeing Superfund projects to clean up the toxic and deadly chemical spills his company is responsible for – all without the required Senate confirmation.

Peter Wright, a lawyer for Dow and a former Monsanto employee, is already working at the EPA, occupying a desk at the agency and serving as “special counsel to the administrator," completely skirting Senate confirmation rules.1

This outrageous conflict of interest comes at a time when the EPA is facing scandal after scandal, yet the Senate committee responsible for overseeing the EPA recently approved Wright's nomination. We must build public pressure on the full Senate to reject his nomination ahead of his confirmation vote.

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.

Tell ODFW To Enact Strong & Enforceable Guidelines!

From Cascadia Wildlands…

On August 3, 2018 in Salem, the Fish and Wildlife Commission will address issues impacting two imperiled species the marbled murrelet and the Humboldt marten. Cascadia Wildlands and its allies are planning a strong showing at this meeting to stress how important wildlife issues are to our members. Check out more here on that event and about carpool opportunities.

If you cannot attend, please take action now to urge the Commission to develop strong, enforceable survival guidelines to protect marbled murrelets from the archaic old-forest logging continuing in our coastal rainforests. Even if you are not from Oregon, this decision will affect species throughout the Northwest, as a critical portion of their range falls within ODFW oversight.

Take action today and tell the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to enact strong, enforceable guidelines to protect the marbled murrelet. To do otherwise, would be a violation of its duties to Oregonians.

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.

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

From Pacific Rivers…

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.

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.

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!

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?

Speak up for Oregon's Wolves! Call Governor Brown Today!

ODFW's proposed revisions to the Wolf Management Plan are counter to science and do not reflect the values of the overwhelming majority of Oregonians.

These revisions would make it easier for the state to kill wolves for conflicts with livestock and would open the door to wolf hunting and trapping. The plan is still being drafted, and the final version could strip even more protections from wolves.

Governor Kate Brown has not yet commented on these developments, and she needs to hear from you!

Call Governor Brown at (503) 378-4582 and tell her to ensure the Wolf Management Plan prioritizes conservation and science over killing and special interests.


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