Preserving Wilderness

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed .

Eugene environmentalists cheer judge’s recommendation on timber sale northwest of Crater Lake


A federal judge in Eugene has recommended that Umpqua National Forest planners better study the environmental impacts of a potential timber sale 60 miles east of Roseburg, near Crater Lake National Park, before it can go ahead.

Forest officials say the Loafer timber sale would thin overgrown pine stands and create shrubland patches on about 1,450 acres.

Environmentalists say the logging would take away precious northern spotted owl habitat and degrade popular recreation magnets, including the North Umpqua Trail and Umpqua Hot Springs.

Court Decision Orders BLM to Reconsider Allowing Target Shooting in Sonoran Desert National Monument (Press Release 3/31/15)

Directs agency to revise its management plan to better protect monument resources and visitor safety

Ruling two days after oral arguments closed, the Arizona District Court in Phoenix has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to re-examine its decision to allow target shooting throughout Sonoran Desert National Monument, a quiet oasis of saguaro cacti and native desert life just an hour southwest of 6 million people in the Phoenix area.

Jordan Cove Comment Period Comes To A Close (Jefferson Exchange Radio Interview 2/13/15)


Susan Jane Brown and Lesley Adams weigh in on Jordan Cove and the comments on it.

Listen to this radio show (22:15)

A federal comment period on the Jordan Cove gas terminal plan just closed (Friday 2/13), and it closed with a bang.

National Coalition Plus Tens of Thousands Submit Comments Opposing West Coast Fracked Gas Export Plan (Press Release 2/13/15)


On behalf of a diverse national coalition, including conservation, commercial fishing and private property owners, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) and Sierra Club submitted comments today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opposing what would become the first gas export terminal on the West Coast. In addition, more than 25,000 citizens, including businesses, ranchers, youth, climate activists, property rights advocates, anglers, and a Native American tribe sent comments critical of FERC’s analysis of the project.

Logging in Roadless Area Threatens Crater Lake National Park (press release 6.18.14)

Conservationists take legal action to protect wilderness and to ensure a proposed logging project will not harm wolf OR-7’s newly discovered pups

As Oregonians celebrate the recent discovery that wolf OR-7 has found a mate and sired pups in southwest Oregon, conservationists today took legal action to halt a reckless logging project that would destroy a potential wilderness area near Crater Lake National Park and may harm the new wolf family.

Judge says ATV trail needs more assessment (Idaho Post Register 4.3.14)

A move to build an all-terrain vehicle trail near the Idaho-Wyoming border is on hold following a federal court ruling which found it could impact a proposed wilderness area.

The proposed Winschell Dugway ATV trail would run 7.8 miles around the Caribou Mountain area of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in a remote area of Bonneville County.

Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Controversial ATV Trail in SE Idaho’s Popular Caribou Mountains (press release 4.2.14)

US Forest Service failed to consider detrimental impacts on Caribou Mountain Recommended Wilderness Area.

In a win for highly sensitive forest lands, streams, and fisheries in southwest Greater Yellowstone, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho rejected the United States Forest Service’s Winschell Dugway Motorized Trail System planned for southeast Idaho’s Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Caution on LNG exports (Register Guard 3.27.14)

Pressure mounts to OK natural gas export projects

As momentum builds in Washington, D.C., to sell vast amounts of domestic natural gas overseas in response to the turmoil in Ukraine, federal officials should continue to move cautiously on removing restrictions on exports and approving the construction of natural gas export terminals.

Wyden Supports Coos Bay LNG Project Despite Environmental Hazards (Eugene Weekly 3.27.14)


Step aside, Keystone XL pipeline: Oregon is advancing toward acquiring a new fossil fuel pipeline of its own, after the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Coos Bay received a conditional export license from the U.S. Department of Energy on March 24.

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