Forest Service cancels Loafer Timber Sale; conservation groups celebrate (NR Today, 4.24.14)

Conservation groups are taking credit for forcing the U.S. Forest Service to back down and cancel an 835-­acre timber sale in the Umpqua National Forest about 50 miles east of Glide.

The Forest Service disputes the claim, saying the Loafer Timber Sale was suspended, not canceled, because of new policies regarding the protection of the great gray owl.

Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild filed a federal lawsuit in December to stop the sale, claiming it would encroach on spotted owl habitat, roadless areas and recreation sites.

White House strategy to cut methane takes aim at oil industry (Fuel Fix 3.28.14)


WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday unveiled a broad strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, including regulations clamping down on methane tied to oil and gas development.

The Obama administration’s new inter-agency methane strategy combines a mix of new and previously announced steps to rein in the short-lived but potent greenhouse gas released from landfills, oil wells, dairy farms and coal mining.

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.

Forest Partners update Grant Court on progress (Blue Mountain Eagle 3.27.14)


CANYON CITY – The Grant County Court recently reiterated its support for the work of the Blue Mountains Forest Partners.

“You have a statewide reputation of getting things done,” Commissioner Boyd Britton told members of the group at the March 5 Court meeting. “My hat is off to you. You are making other people’s jobs easier.”

Vernita Ediger, executive director of the collaborative, briefed the Court on the collaborative’s progress in its eight years advancing resource projects on the Malheur National Forest.

Following DOE Approval, LNG Opponents Call on Oregon’s Governor to Protect the State’s Rivers and Ratepayers (Press Release 3.24.14)


Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took the long-expected step of granting a conditional export license to the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oregon, a move that carries little meaning without more detailed environmental reviews from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and multiple Oregon state agencies.

Settlement Protects Marbled Murrelet on Oregon State Forests, Cancels 28 Timber Sales (press release 2.5.14)

Agreement Also Ensures Future Logging Won’t Harm Rare Seabird

Three conservation organizations secured a major victory today for Oregon’s coastal forests, reaching a settlement agreement with the state that cancels 28 timber sales in habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet on the Elliott, Clatsop and Tillamook state forests and improves future management practices to ensure the rare seabird is not harmed. 

Hatchery changes coming (Register-Guard 1.22.14)

Ruling gives wild salmon higher priority

A federal judge’s ruling in a lawsuit over fisheries management on the Sandy River has direct bearing on similar litigation filed last month seeking greater protection for wild chinook salmon on the McKenzie River. In a decision last week, U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty said the National Marine Fisheries Service must do more to keep hatchery operations from harming wild fish in the Sandy, which flows into the Columbia River east of Portland. The McKenzie suit deals with the same concern, pointing toward big changes in how the salmon hatchery near Leaburg is run.

Native Fish Society Declares Victory In Case Against Sandy River Hatchery (NPR 1.17.14)


An Oregon-based environmental group is declaring victory in a court case against state and federal fishery managers.

The Native Fish Society says the operation of a hatchery on the Sandy River after the removal of Marmot Dam caused harm to four species of protected wild salmon and steelhead.

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