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CASCADIA WILDLANDS we like it wild.PO BOX 10455 EUGENE, OR 97440
Spring 2010 News and Fun
Where the Biggest Trees are Cut: the Elliott Rainforest
BLM Gives Up On Old-Growth Logging
Logging in Crater Lake Backcountry?
Summer Hiking Tips and Guided Hikes
Nonprofit Org.Permit No. 82Eugene, OR
The Elliott State Forest, a 93,000-acre forest southwest of Eugene, is where the largest trees in Oregon are clearcut every year. This publicly-owned
rainforest is unique in that it provides contiguous older forest habitat in the central Oregon Coast Range, a region dominated by clearcuts and timber plantations. The Elliott is where older forest dependent critters, like the northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet and
coho salmon, still exist, as it contains older, complex forest habitat and clear, free-flowing streams. And the Elliott is part of a larger Coast Range corridor weve identified that includes the proposed 30,000-acre Devils Staircase Wilderness directly to the north. These two
areas, coupled with the Northwest Forest Plans reserve strategy in the Coast Range, provide a critical wildlife habitat link from northwest Oregon south to the Klamath-Siskiyou eco-region and the southern Oregon Cascades.
But the Elliott remains in jeopardy as the State of Oregon continues to sell off this priceless forest year
after year. The recently released 2011 annual plan calls for 1,352 acres of older forest logging, which will be routinely followed by planting homogenous Douglas fir
and harmful herbicide spraying to kill off undesired competing vegetation. The State of Oregon is managing this public asset like it is the 1950s through its antiquated intensive forest management program. Changing the status quo on the Elliott is no easy
feat. The Elliott was established to generate funding for K-12 schools in Oregon. But nowhere in the Oregon Constitution does it say timber sale receipts from clearcutting older rainforest must be the sole revenue generator.
That is why we propose to turn the Elliott into a Carbon Reserve. The concept is simple. The state leverages the older forests ability to sequester and store carbon by leaving older trees standing and, in turn, mitigate global climate change as a revenue
source for schools. The State of Oregon has long recognized the looming implications of inaction on
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Fighting for the Elliott Rainforest Community Takes Action to Halt Clearcutting, Create Oregons Premier Carbon Reserve. by Josh Laughlin, Campaign Director
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HELP US MEET THE CHALLENGE!Your gift will help Cascadia Wildlands qualify for a significant Earth Friends Challenge Grant to
support our conservation work! *conservation only receives 2% of all charitable gifts (giving USA) 1
Cascadia Wildlands interns Kelsey and Sheena love the Elliotts huge trees! (f.eatherington)
Two and a half weeks in Alaskathats all it took to change my life. Somewhere between Homer and Cordova, a long-time-coming force stirred within me.
I joined Captain Dean Rand and his world-class cruise company, Discovery Voyages, for an adventure on Prince William Sound. We glided past icebergs and saucer-eyed seals, tromped through peat bogs and rainforests, dined while watching glaciers calve, and kayaked in blue-green coves. I was awestruck by the mountains, fjords, wilderness, and
wildlife. But the thing that impacted me most? Cruising through the ghost of the Exxon Valdez as oil fills the Gulf of Mexico. I listened to fishermen lament lost livelihoods. I heard horror stories of Big Oil and their politicians. Fury filled my veins.
I left Alaska inspired, empowered and resolute in my mission to protect Cascadia. We have some major battles ahead, but also major opportunities to prevent future environmental catastrophes. Now, more than ever, we need you by our side! Thanks for your support!
Welcome, Francis!I am thrilled to introduce you to Conservation Director Francis
Eatherington, the newest member of our Oregon staff! Francis, a veteran environmental advocate, worked most recently with Umpqua Watersheds in Roseburg and Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center in Ashland.
In the face of unprecedented threats to western Oregons wildlands, we are rising to the challenge by increasing our staff capacity and expertise. No one is more knowledgeable, qualified, talented, or passionate than Francis! She is an invaluable addition to our lean, mean team. Welcome to Cascadia Wildlands, Francis!
CASCADIA WILDLANDSeducates, agitates, and inspires a movement to
protect and restore Cascadias wild ecosystems.
staff Nick CadyLegal Intern
Sally CummingsOperations Manager
Francis EatheringtonConservation Director
Dan KruseLegal Director
Josh LaughlinCampaign Director
Kate RitleyExecutive Director
Gabe ScottAlaska Field Director
board of directorsKate Alexander, SecretaryLaura BeatonJeremy Hall, PresidentPaul KuckJeff LongJustin RamseyTim ReamSteve Witten, Treasurer
advisory council Amy AtwoodJason BlazarRalph BloemersSusan Jane BrownAlan Dickman, PhDJim FlynnTimothy Ingalsbee, PhDMegan KemplePollyanna Lind, MSBeverly McDonaldLauren Regan, AAL, Chair
Oil In My Bloodstreamfrom Kate Ritley, Executive Director
WHATS NEW AT WWW.CASCWILD.ORG
Alaska Conservation Foundation
Backcountry Gear Ltd.
Ben & Jerrys Foundation
Deer Creek Foundation
Emerald Valley Kitchen
Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation
Fund for Wild Nature
Kenney Brothers Watershed Foundation
Klorfine Family Foundation
Laird Norton Foundation
Mark Frohnmayer Donor Advised Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Millis Donor Advised Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
McKenzie River Gathering Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Mountain Rose Herbs
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Pauls Bicycle Way of Life
Pizza Research Institute
Ring of Fire Restaurant
Suwinski Family Foundation
Tactics Board Shop
University of Oregon Outdoor Program
Thank you to all of our individual and family supporters and the many volunteers who help us protect wild places! Huge thanks
to the foundations, businesses, and community groups that recently supported our work:
Comings and GoingsWe couldnt be more pleased to welcome Laura Beaton and Justin Ramsey to our all-volunteer Board of Directors. Laura, a long-time environmental activist, currently attends the University of Oregon School of Law. You may recognize her from last summer when she worked full-time with us as a legal intern. Justin earns his living as a carpenter and founded Carpenters Opposed to Old-growth LoggingCOOL! Welcome, Laura and Justin!
Check out our website to stay in-the-know and connect with your community! Sign up for e-alerts, join the cause on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and instantly take action on timely issues! (and dont worry, we absolutely never share or sell your information!)
take action to keep Off-Highway Vehicles out of the Umpquas Roadless Country
sign the petition to keep oil out of the Copper River
send a letter to stop clearcutting and herbicide spraying on the Elliot State Forest
CONNECT WITH CASCADIA:PO Box 10455
Eugene, OR 97440 541.434.1463 p, 541.434.6494 f info@CascWild.org
In the high Cascade Mountains of central Oregon, between Crater and Diamond Lakes, is a remote
expanse of lodge-pole pine forest that stretches in some places for miles without roads or any other obvious sign of human intrusion. The forest, which grows out of the
volcanic ash and pumice from the Mount Mazama eruptions nearly 8,000 years ago, provides some of the regions best habitat for pine martens (see inset) and may soon
become a refuge for Oregons returning wolf population. The area is now threatened by thousands of acres of logging and more than ten miles of new logging
roads. The Forest Service is in the final stages of planning the massive D-Bug timber sale, which is supposed to be designed to protect the communities around Diamond
and Lemolo Lakes from forest fires. But instead of keeping the focus on creating defensible spaces around developed areas, the Forest Service is also proposing to create
enormous fuel breaks (translation: heavily logged areas) that stretch deep into the backcountry and
would be miles away from any existing developments. If D-Bug is not dramatically changed, then significant logging and road construction would occur right up to
the borders of Crater Lake National Park and the Oregon Cascades National Recreation Area, and less than a half-mile from the Mount Thielsen Wilderness.
Cascadia Wildlands is working to defend Oregons backcountry from logging and road construction, and we could use your help. Please take just a minute and leave a message
for Cliff Dils (Supervisor of the Umpqua National Forest) at (541) 672-6601. Tell him that the Forest Service should stay focused on creating defensible spaces around
the areas that are already developed, and that protection of homes and c