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Thank You for Working to Protect Kalmiopsis Rivers

Exciting news! Our elected officials have taken important steps towards protecting the pristine rivers of southwestern Oregon and northwestern California from the threats of nickel strip mining. Please take a moment to thank Senators Wyden and Merkley and Representatives DeFazio of Oregon and Huffman of California for introducing the Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act.

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Protect Our BLM Backyard Forests

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just released a long-awaited plan for public forests found throughout Western Oregon. The plan looks at six options for managing federal land that includes special places like the Wild Rogue River, Applegate Valley, and Illinois Valley. Unfortunately, most alternatives in the plan would slash streamside buffers and clearcut thousands of acres of BLM land.

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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.
Congress Moves to Safeguard Oregon Wildlands and Wild Rivers
Oregon’s Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced a bill today to add protections from some of the state’s most pristine areas. The bill known as Oregon Wildlands would designate wilderness, national recreation areas and Wild and Scenic Rivers in Western Oregon, including protections for the Wild Rogue River in southwest Oregon.
Logging Industry Lawsuit Demanding Aggressive Cutting Thrown Out By Federal Court
A logging industry lawsuit that sought to force the Bureau of Land Management to increase logging on public lands in southwest Oregon was thrown out today by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling vacates a 2013 decision that would have forced the Bureau of Land Management to sell timber even when those sales would have harmed salmon and had detrimental impacts on water quality and recreation.

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