Thursday, August 03, 2006

Kalmiopsis Logging Imminent- Massive Protest Planned

Next Monday in Oregon (the 7th) there will be a huge rally and civil-disobedience to protest the beginning of logging in an irreplaceable global treasure, the Kalmiopsis. -SAF

(exerpts from email)

Friends of wild Cascadia,

The day has come. The purchaser of Mike's Gulch, the massive timber sale located in the South Kalmiopsis inventoried roadless area adjacent to the world-renowned Kalmiopsis Wilderness, has filed his required 7-day notice to initiate logging. Absent a legal injunction by the Governor [hearing is Thurs.the 3rd], logging will commence on Monday the 7th. The stakes are high. This would be the first inventoried roadless area sale to move forward since the popular Clinton-era roadless rule was enacted. We aren't going to sit silently and watch a slice of our American heritage be clearcut.

Clear you calendars, play hooky and join the Cascadia Wildlands Project in a strong show of opposition to this reckless proposal and support of wild Siskiyou protection.

Monday August 7, 12:00pm
We will be joining forces with many different conservation groups, community members and supporters at the Siskiyou Forest Supervisors office (where all the big decisions get made) at noon on Monday, August 7. A carpool in Eugene leaves from Kinko's back parking lot (13th and Willamette St.) at 5 pm on Sunday, August 6th. We will be camping for the evening. Come prepared and self-sufficient. Please RSVP to the CWP office if you plan to join us and if you can drive. Contact info below.

Jeff Long, Outreach Coordinator
Cascadia Wildlands Project
P.O. Box 10455
541-434-1463 (voice)
541-434-6494 (fax)

A call to action by concerned neighbors in the Siskiyou.

(visit the Oxygen Collective website for more info.)

First in the Nation Since 2000

August 7th is now cast as a dark day for America's forests and the people who love them. For the first time since 2000, loggers will begin felling ancient forests in a formerly protected roadless area.

A massive protest to decry this precedent-setting destruction will take place at the Siskiyou-Rogue River National Forest Service office, 333 W. 8th St. in Medford at noon on August 7th. Our message is "Roadless is Priceless." T-shirts bearing this message will be available. In addition, please bring the following props: Oregon State flags, potted baby trees, colorful signs and costumes.

After the rally, all who choose to are invited to participate in a peaceful act of civil disobedience. We plan to express our discontent with Bush forest policy by staging a peaceful sit-in or simple line-crossing. Details will not likely be worked out until the morning of the 7th but all are welcome to participate on that day. This event is designed for the whole family. Please bring everyone you love. Car pools are planned from Eugene, Portland and the llinois Valley.

Roadless areas around the country are now under threat of destruction. Mike's Gulch happens to be the very first to fall under the axe. We need to send a strong message to fellow U.S. citizens and elected officials around the country to make sure that this policy ends immediately.

The Governor
The Bush Administration claims that governors are allowed to petition for protection of roadless areas in their states. The petitions are not due until this Fall. The Administration promised interim protection for all roadless areas pending review of those petitions. The Administration has broken this promise at Mike's Gulch.

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongowski has called repeatedly for full protection of all 1.9 million acres of roadless Oregon forest. Ignored by the Bush administration he is now suing the Administration in federal court. This and several other suits that might again protect Mike's Gulch are still pending. Nonetheless, logging is moving forward. The Governor is holding an open hearing on roadless forest protection in Medford on August 16th. Please plan to attend this event as well.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A Look at a Couple of Things in Yesterdays Times-Standard

Another type of sustainable forestry was in the news yesterday. The van Eck Forest, located between Blue Lake and Trinidad, includes 5 parcels totalling more than 2,100 acres. It is held in easement by Pacific Forest Trust and has been designated to store carbon in the form of trees. According to PFT this is " California's First Climate-Protecting Forest Project."

John Muirs grandson, Michael Muir, is helping people with disabilities explore the northcoast. They are travelling in a wheelchair accessible horse drawn carriage. They started at Mattole Beach at the mouth of the Mattole River and will end up at Ancestor's Grove in SoHum on August 1st or 2nd. Heres a link to the organization he started called Access Adventures.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Tim McKay

" Tim McKay, the executive director of the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) for virtually its entire 35-year existence, died at Stone Lagoon of an apparently massive heart attack on Sunday, July 30, while he was engaged in one of his favorite activities: birding "- from the North Coast Environmental Center

" Here in our part of the Pacific Northwest, a major sustainable leap can and needs to be made by restoring the water quality and salmon runs of our region. We will keep at it, and with your help we will prevail. "- Tim McKay

-from an article Tim published earlier this month titled "Sustainability"

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