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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

    US PostagePAID

    Nonprofit Org.Permit No. 82Eugene, OR

    whats inside?

    CASCADIAQUARTERLYSpring 2010

    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

    news + fun from cascadia wildlands

    Fighting for the Elliott Rainforest Community Takes Action to Halt Clearcutting, Create Oregons Premier Carbon Reserve. by Josh Laughlin, Campaign Director

    continued on p. 4

    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.

    www.CascWild.org

    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

    THANK YOU!

    WHATS NEW AT WWW.CASCWILD.ORG

    444S Foundation

    Acorn Foundation

    Alaska Conservation Foundation

    Astrov Fund

    Backcountry Gear Ltd.

    Ben & Jerrys Foundation

    Brainerd Foundation

    Burning 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

    Loeb-Meginnes Foundation

    Mazamas

    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

    Patagonia

    Pauls Bicycle Way of Life

    Pivot Architecture

    Pizza Research Institute

    Ring of Fire Restaurant

    River Jewelry

    Southern Explorations

    Sperling Foundation

    Suwinski Family Foundation

    Tactics Board Shop

    Titcomb Foundation

    Tsunami Sushi

    University of Oregon Outdoor Program

    Winky Foundation

    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

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    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

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