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


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)

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.  

You are invited to our salmon benefit on August 5th!

Join us at Route 5 NW Wine Bar in Eugene to sip wine and save salmon!

Open bar and appetizers provided.

Want to protect wild salmon and double your impact? You can!
Our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs will match every donation at this event dollar-for-dollar!

Come enjoy a lively discussion with WELC staff about our legal work to restore healthy wild salmon and steelhead runs in the Pacific Northwest.

Multiple Use Forestry in the Anthropocene


WELC attorney Susan Jane Brown wrote an article in the current issue of the Western Forester, a publication by the Society of American Foresters Northwest Office.

Her article is about the new frontier for multiple-use forestry.

Click here to read the publication. This article is on page 12.

Court reverses ruling ordering BLM to log more in Oregon (Associated Press 6/12/15)


A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a 2013 ruling that ordered the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to sell more timber in southern Oregon.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit also overturned a ruling in the same case that had annulled a system federal scientists used to estimate the harm to northern spotted owls, a threatened species, from logging projects.

Portland panelists back collaborative approach to forest policy (News 5/29/15)

Collaboration that kept a John Day, Ore., mill open may be a model as industry, agencies and environmental groups strive for a forest policy that everyone can live with.

The unexpected collaboration of industry, environmentalists and government agencies that saved mill jobs in Oregon’s Grant County could be a model for restoration forest policy elsewhere, panelists said at a May 27 timber symposium.

Wolf Tracks (Willamette Week 5/27/15)

An environmental group goes to court to see the forest service’s plans to protect Oregon wolves

Nick Cady is thrilled to see the return of gray wolves to Oregon’s Cascade Range. He celebrated when the wolf dubbed OR-7 was spotted south of Crater Lake in 2011, more than 60 years after hunters wiped out the species from the state.

But even as wolves return to Oregon’s southwestern mountains, Cady fears the U.S. Forest Service will authorize logging and road building that could cut off the wolves’ range.

LNG opponents urge Gov. Brown to take a leadership role on controversial gas export terminals (Portland Oregonian 5/27/15)


In the decade-long fight over proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals in Oregon, the state leader who has said the least may now matter most:

Gov. Kate Brown.

Oregon rancher refuses to allow natural gas pipeline on property (Portland Business Journal 5/26/15)


Bill Gow is a retired iron worker who began buying land in Douglas County near Coos Bay for Gow Ranch in the late 1980s.

Today, he raises beef as well as timber on a 2,000-acre ranch that supports both he and his family.

But Gow feels under siege.

LNG pipeline protest draws hundreds from around Oregon (Salem Statesman Journal (5/27/15)


Hundreds of people rallied at the Oregon Capitol on Tuesday, calling on Gov. Kate Brown to block two proposed liquefied natural gas, or LNG, export terminals in the state.

"This is an assault not just on the environment, but an assault on democracy," speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told the crowd. "It just is a bad deal all around."

Kennedy is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a national coalition of local groups advocating for clean water.

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