Oregon

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.

Stakeholder Groups Challenge Oregon Forest Management Plan (News Release 8/9/16)

8/09/2016
New Plan Sacrifices Clean Water, Fishing Economy, Carbon Storage, Recreational Opportunities

Late yesterday, a coalition of conservation and fishing groups challenged in the U.S. District Court in Oregon a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) forest management plan, finalized Friday, that would replace the scientifically sound, ecologically credible, and legally responsible 1994 Northwest Forest Plan on millions of acres in western Oregon.

BLM Finalizes Oregon Timber Plan Over Stakeholder Objections (News Release 8/5/16)

8/05/2016
Despite Protest, Final Plan Sacrifices Clean Water, Healthy Fish, Carbon Sequestration, Recreation Economy

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signed a management plan for western Oregon, largely ignoring a formal protest from 22 conservation and fishing groups. On a BLM media call, the agency conveyed that it did not appreciably change the plan from the proposed draft. The BLM plan eliminates protections for streamside forests, increases clearcutting, and removes 2.6 million acres of federally managed public forests from the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan.

Groups Protest Oregon Timber Plan Riddled With Loopholes (Press Release 5/16/16)

5/16/2016
Latest BLM Plan Increases Clearcutting and Dismantles Streamside Forest Protections for Clean Water, Salmon, and Communities

Today, Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of 22 conservation and fishing groups, filed a formal protest with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) objecting to its proposed management plans for western Oregon. The BLM plan eliminates protections for streamside forests, increases clearcutting, and removes 2.6 million acres of these federally managed public forests from the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan. 

Suit Seeks Public Review of Animal Pelt Exports (News Release 5/4/16)

5/04/2016
Endangered Species Treaty Misused to Facilitate Mass Fur Export

Today, conservation groups filed suit to require open, public review of the impacts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service’s) export program that facilitates international trade in bobcat and gray wolf pelts, creates more incentive for trapping, and harms wolves, lynx, and other native wildlife.

Judge Rules Feds Improperly Refused to Protect Wolverines (Press Release 4/4/16)

Orders Reconsideration of Safeguards for Species Imperiled by Climate Change

Today, the federal district court for Montana rejected a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to deny protections for wolverines in the contiguous U.S. The court ruled the Service improperly ignored science and violated the Endangered Species Act. A broad coalition of conservation organizations challenged the Service’s refusal to protect imperiled wolverines by listing them under the ESA.

Lawsuit Challenges Wildlife Services' Authority to Kill Wolves in Oregon (Press Release 2/3/16)

Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the authority of the federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife Services to kill any of the approximately 81 remaining gray wolves in Oregon. The legal challenge, filed by the Western Environmental Law Center on behalf of four conservation groups, with Cascadia Wildlands representing itself, comes weeks after a federal court ruled that Wildlife Services’ controversial wolf killing program in Washington is illegal.

9th Circuit Validates Greens Mining Lawsuit (Courthouse News 8/11/15)

8/11/2015

The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that environmental groups properly challenged the U.S. Forest Service's decision to let gold miners use suction dredging in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Once separate forests, the Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests were administratively combined in 2004.

The forest stretches across almost 1.8 million acres of southwestern Oregon and parts of northern California, from the Cascade Mountains almost to the Pacific Ocean.

Increased funding for federal forest health and support of rural economies in Oregon (Press Release 7/27/15)

7/27/2015
Oregon will invest $5 million to increase the quality, pace, and scale of collaborative restoration of Oregon

Federal forests in Oregon provide important resources for the state’s economy, ecological benefit through fish and wildlife habitat, clean air and water, and social benefit through recreation opportunities. However some forests have grown unhealthy, unnaturally dense, and urgently require restoration work to make them resilient to wildfire, insects, and disease.  

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