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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.
A Substitute Plan To Rejuvenate Forest After Fire
A century of fire suppression has left forests overcrowded with dense stands of flammable conifers. After fires last year in Klamath National Forest, plans were made to salvage as much timber as possible. Members of the Karuk Tribe have offered a substitute plan instead of salvage logging.
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.