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Urge BLM To Protect Old-Growth Forests, Not Clear-Cut Them

In southern Oregon, our BLM Backyard Forests are prized for ancient forests, clean water and popular recreation spots. Unfortunately, in the last year the Medford BLM has bowed to pressure from the timber industry and plans to resume clearcutting ancient forests in the Lower Grave and Big Butte timber sales.

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Make Recreation A Priority, Start With The Middle Fork Applegate River Footbridge

Deep in the heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou, the Middle Fork Applegate Trail is suffering from neglect including the loss of a key footbridge over the river. Right now the Forest Service is proposing to replace the existing road bridge over the Middle Fork Applegate River on Forest Service Road 1040 that leads to the trailhead. Will you join us in asking the Forest Service to replace the Middle Fork Applegate River footbridge in addition to the 1040 road bridge and commit to maintaining all their trails?

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Peak experience on Preston Peak
Preston Peak is not the highest mountain in the Siskiyous, but it is certainly the most iconic. Standing tall amidst a range of wilderness peaks and looking down on Raspberry Lake, Rattlesnake Meadows and the expansive old-growth forests of the aptly named Clear Creek Watershed, Preston is special. It offers both the macro of stunningly rugged mountain cliffs that overwhelm the landscape and the micro of botanical treasures that reward those with a careful eye.
More Logging Won’t Stop Wildfires
Contrary to widespread misconceptions, large fires burn mostly at low and moderate intensities. For example, only about 20 percent of the Rim Fire was high-intensity, and only a portion of the land involved was densely forested enough to create snag forest habitat. Moreover, current science indicates that we have less, not more, mixed-intensity wildland fire in our forests now than we did historically. Allowing more fires to burn in backcountry areas will help restore our forest ecosystems.
DeFazio, Huffman, Wyden, Merkley Praise Temporary Ban on Mining Projects in Southwest Oregon Watershed Protection Area Covered By Their Bills in House and Senate
Seeking to protect a celebrated collection of world-class salmon and steelhead rivers of the south Kalmiopsis region, U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio and Jared Huffman , as well as Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, applauded the temporary ban on new mining projects in an area covered by a bill the Congressmen and Senators introduced, the Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act.

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