Oregon

Federal Court Halts McKenzie Bridge Timber Sale in Oregon (press release 3.17.13)

3/27/2013
Sensitive Wildlife Habitat and Drinking Water Supply Protected. Court Requires Assessment of Significant Environmental Harm.

Federal District Court Judge Anne Aiken has found that the U.S. Forest Service broke the law in seeking to carry out the controversial Goose logging sale near McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, without a detailed analysis of potential environmental damage. This logging sale has drawn intense opposition from local residents and landowners concerned about harm to wildlife and nearby streams. Represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, the conservation organizations Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands filed a legal challenge against the planned logging in 2012.
 

Sandy River Hatchery salmon releases challenged in lawsuit by wild fish advocates (Oregonian 10.30.12)

10/30/2012

Two wild fish advocacy groups have gone back to federal court in Portland to stop releases of juvenile salmon and steelhead from the Sandy Hatchery.

Canada Lynx Edges Closer to Extinction While Feds Drag their Feet (press release 3.14.13)

3/14/2013
Thirteen years after being listed as a threatened species, wildlife advocates take action to force a long-awaited recovery plan for Canada Lynx.

The Canada lynx was listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in March 2000, yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has yet to complete the required recovery plan to ensure the survival of the elusive cat. 

Protecting Oregon’s rivers

3/04/2013
Bill would limit suction dredge mining on waterways

Nearly a quarter century has passed since Oregon last updated the State Scenic Waterways Program, which increases protection for the state’s most treasured rivers and limits destructive activities such as suction-dredge mining.

Wolves need protection (Register-Guard, 3.7.13)

3/07/2013
DeFazio asks the feds to extend their protected status

Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., along with 50 other members of the House of Representatives, have asked U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ash to continue existing federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves.

Ash, whose agency reportedly is close to removing federal protections for the wolves, should heed this unusual bipartisan request.

Climate lawsuit appealed

8/13/2012
Two Eugene students ask two appeals courts to force the state of Oregon to take action on climate change

Two young Eugene residents are appealing a local judge’s April dismissal of their lawsuit alleging that the state of Oregon is violating the public trust by failing to take adequate steps to prevent climate change.

Olivia Chernaik, 12; Kelsey Juliana, 16; and their mothers also have filed a motion asking the Oregon Court of Appeals to send the case directly to the Oregon Supreme Court.

Federal Agency Ordered to Reveal Identity of Corporations Seeking to Lease Public Lands for Oil & Gas Drilling (press release 2.14.13)

2/14/2013
Court reverses BLM policy of keeping the nominators’ identity secret until after the lease sale

A federal court ruled yesterday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and practice of keeping secret from the public the identity of entities nominating public lands for oil and gas development is unlawful. 

Restoring Forest Health: Collaboration and Responsibility

WELC staff attorney Susan Jane Brown is the co-author of Restoring Forest Health: Collaboration and Responsibility, which is the cover story of the Oregon State Bar/ Sustainable Future Section's newsletter The Long View (Winter 2012).

Anniversary of OR-7’s Arrival in California Inspires New Wolf Alliance (press release 12.21.12)

12/21/2012
Coalition Formed to Chart New Course for Wolf Recovery in the Pacific States

Twenty-five wildlife conservation, education and protection organizations in California, Oregon and Washington today announced the formation of an alliance committed to recovering wolves across the region. The Pacific Wolf Coalition envisions populations of wolves restored across their historic habitats in numbers that will allow them to re-establish their critical role in nature and ensure their long-term survival.

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