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Senators join in Oregon Caves dedication
The dignitaries who spoke at Friday's celebration of the expansion of Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve painted a colorful portrait of "The Marble Halls of Oregon." U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, who began working on the expansion nearly 20 years ago, seemed relieved. About 50 people were in attendance, including Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.
Agricultural Business Owners Thank Merkley For Protecting Oregon Caves
Over twenty southern Oregon agricultural businesses spoke up thanking Senator Jeff Merkley for his work to protect public lands in Oregon at the Senator’s town hall meeting in Cave Junction this morning. The small business owners expressed their gratitude for Merkley’s recent efforts to successfully expand the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.
Illinois, Rogue, and Smith Rivers Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers
American Rivers named southern Oregon’s Illinois and Rogue Rivers and the Smith River in California among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2015 today, shining a national spotlight on nickel mining proposals that threaten a wonderland of wild rivers, clean water, rare plants, and outdoor recreation.
California Salmon and Wildlife Win Court Protection from Old-Growth Logging
A federal court halted a logging plan in Northern California that would have harmed old-growth forests and federally protected fish and wildlife species. The court’s decision means that Fruit Growers Supply will not be given a blank check to harm struggling salmon populations, destroy endangered species habitat, and decimate old-growth forests.
Public sounds off on gas pipeline
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fielded questions Thursday night about a controversial natural gas pipeline proposed for southwest Oregon. Residents opposed to a natural gas pipeline through southwest Oregon begged state and federal officials to deny permits for the project on the grounds it would harm waterways, hurt the public interest, increase pollution and contribute to global warming.
20 Southern Oregon Farms Support Public Lands Protection
Family farms from across southern Oregon asked Senator Wyden at his January 17 Grants Pass Town Hall to put conservation on equal ground with resource extraction. The farms asked that Wyden support continued investment in local public lands, through full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which uses revenues from oil and gas revenue to protect local and national parks and forests. Pilot Rock and the Pacific Crest Trail are local gems that have been helped by the LWCF.
Caves expansion worth the wait
The Oregon Caves National Monument receives green light from Congress for a ten-fold expansion. The long-overdue change will fully protect the entire Caves Creek watershed and designate the River Styx, which flows underground through the caves, the nation's first underground Wild and Scenic river.
Most residents speak against gas pipeline
The overwhelming majority of residents at a public hearing on a proposed natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon spoke against it, but plumbers, electricians and construction workers said the project would bring needed jobs.
Bill to expand Oregon Caves headed toward passage
In order to expand economic development, increase recreational opportunities, and protect the drinking water for some 80,000 visitors a year, Congress is expected to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument before the end of the lame duck session.
County calls for local control of federal lands
Jackson County commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation calling for control of federal lands to be handed over to Western states, a proposal environmental activists dismiss as extremist.