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Supervisors seek answers on Westside delay
The Westside Fire Recovery Project has been a major source of contention within Siskiyou County over the last year, and that contention continued this week.
Genetically Engineered Salmon Approved for Consumption
Federal regulators on Thursday, Nov. 19th, 2015 approved a genetically engineered salmon as fit for consumption, clearing the last major obstacle for the first genetically altered animal to reach American supermarkets and dinner tables.
Commission moved too fast to delist gray wolf
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission's vote Monday to remove the gray wolf from the state's endangered species list seems premature, especially given the short time since wolves reappeared in the state and the contrast with other protected species.
Musings on a strange Kalmiopsis meadow
The headwaters of Baldface Creek is one of those mystical wildlands that inspires strange stories from the few who have been there. It is a place that seeps into your dreams and a weird landscape that evokes awe and contemplation.
Crowd protests nickel mine proposed near Kalmiopsis
The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service held the public meeting to hear citizen responses to proposed restrictions on mining and exploration in the upper Illinois and Smith river drainages, where a large nickel mine is proposed.
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.
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.
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.