Oregon

Lawsuit Over McKenzie River Hatchery (Radio Interview 12.9.13)

12/09/2013

Listen to Bruce Anderson and Dave Thomas of McKenzie Flyfishers explain why they filed suit over Salmon (as recorded on the Jefferson Exchange).

When disputes over timber and water arise, fish are often at the center of concern.

They are sensitive to changes in streams and the forests that give birth to the streams.  Now a pair of environmental groups are taking the the federal government to court over fish.

Mckenzie Flyfishers Defend Wild Chinook Salmon (Eugene Weekly 12.5.13)

12/05/2013

It’s a tough time to be a Chinook salmon, but members of the McKenzie Flyfishers and the Steamboaters are trying to make things easier for the threatened fish. Concerned by what they say are poor management practices in hatcheries that allow wild fish to breed with hatchery fish, changing their genetic integrity and making them less fit for survival, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) filed a lawsuit Dec. 2 against the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the U.S.

Conservationists sue to stop timber sale near Diamond Lake (NR Today 12.4.13)

Conservation groups sued Tuesday to stop the U.S. Forest Service from logging on more than 800 acres west of Diamond Lake, characterizing the sale as a grab for timber in a popular recreation area. Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Eugene, claiming the Loafer timber sale would encroach on spotted owl habitat, recreation sites and roadless forests.

Groups call for federal regulations to curb methane leaks (Washington Post, 12.4.13)

12/05/2013

Ninety health, environmental and sportsmen’s groups asked the federal government Thursday to clamp down on the release of methane gas by the petrochemical industry, asserting that the United States cannot reach its goal for reducing heat-trapping emissions without addressing the issue.

Environmental, Health, Sporting Organizations, Call On Interior Secretary Jewell, EPA Administrator McCarthy To Curb Methane Emissions From Oil And Gas Industry (press release 12.05.13)

12/05/2013
90 SIGNATORIES TO OPEN LETTER SEEK ROBUST RULES BY EPA, BLM AND BOEM TO STOP THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, GLOBAL CLIMATE FROM CONTROLLABLE RELEASE OF METHANE DURING DRILLING AND TRANSPORT

A broad group of regional and national environmental and health organizations, joined by sporting and faith-based allies, today called on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to substantially reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry on public and private lands, as well as from offshore oil operations.

Lawsuit filed over hatchery salmon (Register-Guard 12.4.13)

12/04/2013
Advocates want to restrict their release in the McKenzie River over concerns for wild salmon

The state and federal governments’ annual release of hundreds of thousands of hatchery-raised spring chinook salmon into the McKenzie River is jeopardizing the recovery of the river’s dwindling wild salmon runs and must be dramatically curtailed, two flyfishing advocacy groups say in a federal lawsuit filed this week.

Crater Lake area logging plan challenged in lawsuit (The Oregonian, 12.3.13)

GRANTS PASS — Conservation groups are challenging U.S. Forest Service plans to log and thin outside Crater Lake National Park in an area that the groups want to see protected as wilderness.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene by the groups Cascadia Wild and Oregon Wild.

They are asking a judge to stop the Loafer timber sale in an area east of Diamond Lake on the Umpqua National Forest.

Logging Plan Threatens Proposed Crater Lake Wilderness (press release 12.3.13)

Conservationists File Legal Challenge to Protect Popular Recreation Areas and Imperiled Wildlife Habitat in Umpqua National Forest

Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, filed  a legal challenge in Eugene today challenging the Umpqua National Forest’s proposed Loafer timber sale.  

Fishing Groups Aim To Ensure McKenzie River Hatchery Does Not Hinder Recovery of Imperiled Wild Spring Chinook Salmon (press release 12.2.13)

12/02/2013

The Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the McKenzie Flyfishers and the Steamboaters, today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon requesting that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), which operates the McKenzie Fish Hatchery with funding from the U.S.

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