Protecting Forests

Forests play a vital role as sources of clean drinking water, habitat for wildlife, and places for recreational and spiritual renewal for all people.

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

3/22/2017

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.

Judge says timber sale in Crater Lake's back yard could harm wildlife, orders study (Press Release 3/21/17)

3/21/2017

A U.S. District Court in Eugene has issued an order requiring the Umpqua National Forest to more comprehensively study environmental impacts of the proposed Loafer Timber Project timber sale. The Forest Service must complete the study and weigh its findings before proceeding with the timber sale in an area about 60 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon.

In light of lawsuit, coalition defends Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

2/27/2017

ASHLAND, Ore. - Despite two lawsuits being filed by two Oregon timber companies against the expansion, the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council is defending the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

News10 first brought you the news of the expansion when former President Obama announced it on January 12.

Dave Willis, chair of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council defended the monument in statement, calling it one of the most biodiverse places in North America.

Coalition Defends Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (News Release 2/27/17)

2/27/2017

Late last Friday, local and partner conservation groups intervened in two lawsuits to protect the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from challenges brought by timber interests. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is one of the most biodiverse places in North America.

Lawsuit against Santa Fe National Forest travel management plan thrown out

1/04/2017

SANTA FE N.M. (KRQE) – The U.S. District Court has thrown out a lawsuit from an off-roading organization against the Santa Fe National Forest.

The ATV group was fighting the forest’s Travel Management Plan that would close parts of the forest to motorized use.

It’s been a battle for years now — a lawsuit between the Santa Fe National Forest and the New Mexico off-roading group.

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance has been fighting to keep more of the forest open for ATVs.

Court tosses suit challenging Santa Fe National Forest travel management plan (News Release 1/4/17)

1/04/2017
400,000 acres of SFNF will remain protected from ATVs

Late last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico dismissed a case against the Santa Fe National Forest brought by an off-road vehicle advocacy organization. The case challenged the U.S.

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Withdraws Controversial Big-game Measure, Citing Sportsmen’s Suit (News Release 12/6/16)

12/06/2016
Montana hunters and anglers commend Forest Service’s responsible management decision

A coalition of Montana sportsmen’s groups commended the Helena-Lewis Clark National Forest’s recent decision to withdraw a controversial forest plan amendment that could have negatively impacted big game habitat, potentially greatly reducing public hunting opportunity. 

Northwest Forest Plan science synthesis review begins (News Release 11/10/16)

11/10/2016
Will help inform forest management efforts in Pacific Northwest

Today, the U.S. Forest Service released for public and heightened peer review its anticipated science synthesis, which will inform the need to revise the renowned Northwest Forest Plan. The Forest Service is currently taking public comment on the synthesis through January 6, 2017, and credentialed peer reviewers expect to complete their review by mid-February 2017. 

New Poll Shows Strong Support for Northwest Forest Plan

10/25/2016
Voters Prioritize Water Protection and Recreation for Public Lands in the Pacific Northwest

new poll reveals voters' priorities for the management of a 25-million-acre network of America's public lands, forests and rivers in Northern California, western Oregon, and western Washington.

BLM’s New Flawed Forest Plan

8/18/2016

Like a horror movie zombie, the logging plan for about 2.5 million acres of Oregon’s public forests known as the “Whopper” is back, and within days of its Aug. 5 announcement, enviros and the timber industry filed lawsuits against it.

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