John Muir – The Sierra Club and Oregon

November 25, 2013

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John Muir and the Sierra Club have a longstanding relationship with Oregon.  Beginning in the 1870’s, Muir was interested in the forests and glaciers of the Cascades and in 1880 presented three impromptu lectures in Portland after his first visit to Alaska.  Speaking to standing room only crowds, he “talked of the youth of the world, the present morning of creation and the beginning of the work of the infinite.”

Muir hiked and camped throughout the Pacific Northwest in 1888 visiting the Columbia Gorge, Multnomah Falls, the Cascades and Crater Lake.  His essays about this trip can be found in his book “Steep Trails.”  Here he described Mount Hood as the “ruling spirit of the landscape,” noted with concern the “fierce storm of steel that is devouring the forests” and recommended that “a park of moderate extent might be set apart and protected for public use forever” in the Cascades.

The Sierra Club entered Oregon’s historic forest wars in 1896, when the Oregon Congressional delegation tried to reduce the size of the Cascade Forest Reserve.  The Cascade Reserve was four million acres along the crest of the Cascades from the Columbia River to Crater Lake established in 1893 based on the efforts of Judge John B. Waldo (Oregon’s John Muir).  In its defense, the Sierra Club issued a strong resolution “unalterably” opposing the reduction of the Cascade or “any forest reservation.”  This successful campaign protected what today remains the core of the national forest and wilderness areas in the Cascades.

Wilderness protection in the PNW continued to be the Club’s central priority since this defense of the Cascade Forest Reserve in 1896 and its forested wilderness areas from then on.  The center of conservation concern and efforts in Oregon was at the University of Oregon in Eugene and was led by Karl and Ruth Onthank.  Karl was a longtime administrator and then Dean at the University and they initiated many campaigns especially the founding of the Friends of the Three Sisters Wilderness in 1954. 

As the Sierra Club began to grow in the Pacific Northwest after WWII, 20 of the 87 members in Oregon and Washington met at Patrick Goldsworthy’s Seattle home in 1953 to discuss the possibility of establishing a NW chapter and by September of 1954 the original PNW Chapter was established covering Oregon and Washington.  Soon it was expanded to cover Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia and Alberta Canada.

They were finally joined by what Brock Evans called the “nest” of Club leaders who came to Eugene:  Sandy and Bert Tepfer in 1955, Dick and Wynn Noyes in 1959 and Holly and Doreen Jones in 1963.  These dedicated families were at the center of all the major conservation battles especially to protect the Three Sisters Primitive/Wilderness Area from then on.  Richard and Maradel Gale came to the group in 1968 adding new energy to fight for French Pete and Oregon’s beaches.

The Club’s first NW office was opened in Eugene in 1961 staffed by Michael McCloskey (a recent graduate of the UO law school and Oregon native).  Mike later went onto be the Club’s conservation and executive director at its national office in San Francisco.  The NW office stayed in Eugene until 1964 when it moved to Seattle.  The Eugene Group (now Many Rivers) was organized in 1962 and was the first such group in either Oregon or Washington.  By 1970 it had grown to 250 members.  The Columbia Group in Portland was started by Larry Williams in 1968.  Shortly thereafter, Larry helped found the Oregon Environmental Council as well.

The PNW Chapter continued to grow and by 1974 had about 4000 members.  At that time, it authorized Oregon and Washington Councils to oversee activities in each state and to prepare for the establishment of separate statewide Chapters.  These were finally established in 1978.  The Oregon Chapter has grown considerably since then with 5 groups and been a leader in a variety of local, state and national environmental issues.  Since the mid 70’s, the key issues were securing protection for Hell’s Canyon from damming, the “Dump Watt” petition campaign (25,000 signatures from Oregon), passage of the 1984 Oregon Wilderness Act, protection for the Columbia Gorge, establishing a Chapter Political Action Committee (PAC) to endorse candidates for federal, state and local offices, establishing a regular and steady lobbying presence in Salem courtesy of Liz Frenkel and no doubt countless other campaigns that still need to be chronicled.  But wilderness and forestlands have always been the Chapter’s prime concern.

On the 20th anniversary of the Oregon Chapter in 1992, Sandy Tepfer (a founder of the Eugene Group) told me what he believed were the PNW/Oregon Chapter’s most “important accomplishment and missed opportunity.”  The accomplishment was the 25 year campaign to restore the French Pete region to the Three Sisters Wilderness between 1953 and 1978.  The most serious missed opportunity was the failure to prevent the Forest Service from building the paved road to Waldo Lake which prevented its designation as Wilderness. 

However, the Chapter’s successful campaign for SB 602 to ban motorized boats and seaplanes from the lake in part makes up for that “missed opportunity” in the late 60’s when the Club only had a few hundred members in Oregon.  Further, the new campaign to “Keep Waldo Wild” is an additional opportunity to rectify that missed opportunity from long ago. 

The early members of the Club in Oregon and the founders of the Chapter would be and are proud of the Chapter’s continuing efforts to keep up the fight.  It is just one more example of what our founder John Muir said in 1895 that “the battle we have fought, and are still fighting, for the forests is part of the eternal battle between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it.”  He went on to say prophetically – “I trust, however, that our Club will not weary in this forest well-doing.”

The Sierra Club in Oregon and Eugene has never wearied in this fight and it is great to see the enthusiasm and strength that they continue to bring to the conservation “battle.”  The Chapter’s history is to be found in books or newsletters but rather in the wilderness that remains.

Ron Eber

Historian – Oregon Chapter

 

 

 


Tell the Oregon Water Resources Department that LNG exports are not in the public interest!

October 10, 2013

The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club has been very active in its opposition to the proposed LNG export facility in Warrenton, Oregon. Now LNG tankerwe have yet another reason to be concerned about this boondoggle: the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) is currently considering an application by Oregon LNG to use millions of gallons of Oregon’s water each day to export U.S. natural gas.

The Oregon LNG proposal would take water from Oregon’s Skipanon and Columbia Rivers to process and ship massive quantities of gas to high-priced overseas markets. It is unacceptable for our public resources – including millions of gallons of Oregon’s water each day – to be appropriated for Oregon LNG’s new energy export scheme.

OWRD has the authority to deny Oregon LNG’s water rights applications because LNG export is not in the public interest. Take action by October 17 to let the agency know that you are opposed to these proposals.

Unfortunately, OWRD has not made it easy for citizens to comment on these proposals and you will need to cut and paste some of the suggested comments below (or create your own!) and submit them through OWRD’s website or mail them in. See below for comment submission instructions.

Suggested Comments

  • The LNG export terminal would pose significant public health and safety risks. Oregonians should not be exposed to the danger of fires and explosions from pipelines, tanker ships, and LNG tanks at the terminal.
  • The LNG terminal and associated facilities would impair the recovery of threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. The in‐water construction work and dredging proposed at the terminal would damage important shallow‐water habitat for juvenile salmon.
  • Exporting natural gas overseas would increase energy costs for Oregon families and businesses by decreasing the supply of natural gas available for heating and power generation. Making electricity and natural gas more expensive for Oregonians and Oregon businesses is detrimental to the public interest.
  • The LNG export terminal could also place a massive new load on Oregon’s power grid, a cost that could ultimately be passed on to Oregon’s many electricity  users.
  • Air emissions from proposed LNG export terminal and associated activities would degrade local air quality and harm human health. Air quality impacts come  from gas flares at the terminal, diesel exhaust, construction dust, and a myriad of other sources.

Please submit your comments before October 17, either in writing by postal mail or by visiting OWRD’s website. However you comment, include your name and address, and state that you are commenting on water right permit applications “S‐87920” and “S‐87921.”

1. Mail comments to:
Oregon Water Resources Department
725 Summer Street NE, Ste. A
Salem, OR 97301

2. Submit comments using the “Public Comment Tool” on Oregon Department of Water Resources’ website (make sure to submit comments on both applications):

- To comment on Oregon LNG’s application for water from the Skipanon River for fire suppression (“Application S‐87921”), go here: http://apps.wrd.state.or.us/apps/wr/public_comment/Default.aspx?workflow_id=539223.
- To comment on Oregon LNG’s application for water from the Columbia River Estuary for cooling water (“Application S‐87920”), go here: http://apps.wrd.state.or.us/apps/wr/public_comment/Default.aspx?workflow_id=539221.

Thank you very much!


A Not-So-Special Result from the Oregon Legislature’s Special Session

October 10, 2013

Oregon capitolThe Oregon Legislature convened on September 30 for what was supposed to be a one-day session to resolve some matters related to PERS and revenue reform. As many of you no doubt heard, the process was tarnished by the last-minute addition of a bill to remove local control of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) crops. The Sierra Club was dismayed by this development, but we worked with our allies to try and stop that bill. Unfortunately, because it was attached to the must-pass package of spending bills, the bill went through anyway (our coalition’s statement upon passage is below). While that result was certainly disappointing, we do hope that the Governor’s promise to meaningfully address the issues at a statewide level will bring about some real action on the regulation and labeling of GMOs in Oregon.

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October 2, 2013

The rights of farmers to protect their crops from unwanted GMO contamination and the rights of consumers to make informed purchases should never have been at issue during a special session dealing with PERS and revenue reform. Trading away environmental protections in unrelated legislative negotiations is an all too common practice that’s bad for not just democracy but also the people of Oregon. Unfortunately, the PERS and revenue reform package included SB 863, which prohibits local communities from taking action to address issues related to their food and agriculture system, including conflicts related to genetically modified organisms.

While we strongly opposed SB 863 and its inclusion in the unrelated legislative package, we are encouraged by the governor’s commitment to making real, substantive progress on GMO issues across Oregon.

The governor committed to developing a statewide policy that prevents GMO contamination of non-GMO crops under existing Department of Agriculture authority by June 2014. He will also convene a special task force that will provide expert recommendations on state policy and on legislation that will be introduced in 2015 to address liability and compensation issues related to GMO contamination and consumers’ right to know what’s in their food.

While the legislature should never have agreed to remove the ability of local communities to have a say on GMO issues that affect them, we’re looking forward to working with both the governor and legislative leaders in creating a robust statewide policy that seeks to prevent GMO contamination, address compensation for farmers affected by GMO contamination, and protect Oregonians’ rights to make informed food purchasing decisions.

Oregon Environmental Council

Oregon League of Conservation Voters

Friends of Family Farmers

Organically Grown Company

Oregon Tilth

Sierra Club


Supporting the Sierra Club at work – it’s never been easier!

October 10, 2013

logoHow concerned are you with the quality of the air you breathe? How about the water you drink? With threats to our natural environment growing each day, we count on conservation groups across Oregon and our country to protect our forests, farmland, streams and air quality.

The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club is a member of EarthShare Oregon, which engages private- and public-sector employees across the state to support nonprofits like ours. With a single gift to EarthShare Oregon, you can help 80 of the best environmental organizations here at home, and from coast to coast.

If you work for the State of Oregon, the federal government, Kaiser Permanente, NW Natural, PGE, or one of more than 100 employers, you make regular donations from your paycheck – simply and without any guesswork.

*Your employer may double your donation*

In fact, if you donate through EarthShare Oregon, your employer may pitch in too! Your $100 donation could become $150, or even $200. That’s what these companies have pledged to do:

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Consider increasing your gift by up to 100 percent without any extra effort! By giving through payroll contribution, you can give a larger gift by spreading the payment out over a year’s time. No personal checks to write or credit card numbers to give out – the money is automatically donated from your regular paycheck.

If your workplace is not currently involved in an EarthShare giving campaign, establishing one is easy. EarthShare will work with your employer to set up a program that meets your company’s needs.

To learn more about EarthShare Oregon and its workplace giving campaigns, visit earthshare-oregon.org.


Take Action to Protect the Pacific Northwest from Nuclear Waste!

September 24, 2013

Dear Friend,

Leslie March and her mother

Leslie March and her mother in 1955

I first learned about “atomic waste” in my high chair; I grew up in the fifties in Washington State and my grandfather frequently had business at the Hanford Reservation (now the most contaminated nuclear waste site in North America). I remember my mother arguing with him about the dangers of nuclear waste: she was concerned about the health of the Columbia River; he trusted that the plant would be safe.

But my mother was right: the tanks containing highly radioactive waste are leaking, and the Columbia River is at risk.1

We now have the opportunity to protect communities across the nation from radioactive waste. Please take action today!

The reactors at Hanford are now closed. But when I discovered that another nuclear reactor (the same kind used at Fukushima) now operates within miles of the Columbia River, I was motivated to take action to protect the river, and began organizing in my community. I was dismayed when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently relicensed the Columbia Generating Station for another 20 years — even though they don’t have a solid plan for storing the waste safely.

Fortunately the courts are now requiring the NRC to have a moratorium on licensing until they do an environmental impact statement on the radioactive waste. Now we have a chance to protect the river by demanding that the waste be stored safely.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is now developing new rules for the long-term storage of highly radioactive waste from the nation’s nuclear reactors. These rules will determine whether or not your state becomes a transportation route for thousands of shipments of highly radioactive waste on super-trucksor a storage site for some or all of the 70,000+ tons of radioactive waste.

The federal government is now taking public comments on these rules: please tell the NRC to enact strong rules to protect our communities and environment.

We have a very unique opportunity to have a say in how our country handles radioactive waste from nuclear reactors in the future.  If we don’t step up and comment, we will have lost our ability to protect our grandchildren, and many generations to come, from the deadly dangers of radiation.

Let the NRC know that we are not confident with the current way they have regulated radioactive waste – they need to do more.

Thank you for everything you do for the environment,

Leslie March
Sierra Club Nuclear Program Volunteer Lead

P.S. After you’ve taken action, please forward a copy of this message to five of your friends and family. Or spread the word on your social networks with the share buttons below.

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[1] “Hanford Nuclear Reservation Tanks Leaking Radioactive Waste Underground, Governor Inslee Says,” AP/Huffington Post, February 22, 2013.


The Adverse Effects of Climate Change in Oregon

September 23, 2013

Climate change is gradually unveiling itself throughout the Pacific Northwest in a variety of ways, including alterations in precipitation and temperature that will ultimately affect numerous industries in the state of Oregon. More specifically, agriculture, skiing, forestry, and salmon will all be impacted by Oregon’s changing climate. Salmon are often identified as an iconic species for the Pacific Northwest, as well as a keystone species in many ecosystems, thus their endangerment as a result of warming temperatures is an extremely significant issue. Warmer temperatures in Oregon will result in more rain precipitation and less snowfall, which will cause overall smaller annual snow-packs and consequently altered stream-flow times. An increase in precipitation could potentially cause frequent floods, therefore increasing mortality rates among salmon eggs due to gravel aggravation. The salmon life cycle may also be affected as a result of snow-pack melting earlier in the spring, hence disrupting the normal migration patterns for sea-bound fish.  Additionally, warmer river temperatures bring an influx of problems for developing salmon, such as providing ideal habitat for other fish species that pose as competitors or predators of salmon, thus lowering their survival rates. Warm water temperatures may also provide insufficient nutrients and resources for developing salmon.

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon

Evidently, salmon will be negatively affected by climate change in countless ways, thus the management and restoration of salmon habitat has the utmost importance when dealing with global warming in the Pacific Northwest. Salmon are also crucial to the livelihoods of many Native American tribes of the Northwest, which is another incentive to protect and restore their delicate habitats. The Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition is a large group of organizations devoted to the protection and restoration of native salmon species in the Columbia and Snake river basins. Visit their page to learn more about their efforts in the Northwest!

While salmon will undoubtedly be adversely impacted by warming temperatures, there are other consequences of climate change in Oregon that also hold significance, such as agriculture. More frequent droughts could reduce water supply needed for sufficient irrigation, growing seasons could be altered, and an invasion of pests may arrive due to warmer temperatures. All of these concerns may jeopardize the stability of Oregon’s agriculture industry. Health distresses may also become significant if Oregon begins to see increased smog as a result of higher temperatures. Pollen seasons could be longer as well, posing additional threats to people with allergies or asthma. Economically, many industries in Oregon will most likely be affected because of a disruption in BPA hydroelectric power, due to a lower water supply in the summer months. Moreover, the skiing industry could disappear altogether if winter snow-pack is dramatically reduced. Frequent droughts in the summertime will bring recurrent and heightened wildfires, so the timber industry could likewise be adversely affected. Clearly, Oregon is already seeing the effects of a changing climate, but many unforeseen consequences are possible in the near future, which is why Oregonians need to use mitigation and management to alleviate these impending costs.  To learn more about climate change in Oregon, visit this OEC page for details regarding climate impacts, protection, solutions, and more!

The list of ways in which Oregon is affected by global warming is innumerable as well as unpredictable. Unfortunately, climate change is already underway, so many of these consequences are most likely irreversible. However, putting a stop to CO2 emissions could possibly help slow down the warming of our planet, thus discontinuing dirty oil and coal drilling could help to alleviate our problems. This is why climate change in Oregon can directly be related to oil exploration in the Arctic, because increased drilling would only increase our reliance on nonrenewable energy sources, hence furthering emissions and enhancing global warming. The Oregon Chapter of Sierra Club is working diligently to fight against Arctic oil development in the Chill the Drills campaign to help alleviate climate impacts not only in the Arctic, but in Oregon as well.


Photo Contest: Finding Ourselves in Nature

September 9, 2013

Waldo Lake - Brian Pasko PhotographyContest runs now through October 13, 2013

Many of us find fulfillment going out into nature, but why?  Explore the concept of human connection to the natural world.  Through photography, examine the ways that nature affects our emotions, relationships, and our personal and social identities.  Photographs could represent personal moments or reflections exploring this concept or could act as commentary on the state of the human relationship to nature.

Categories:

  1. The Human Connection to the Natural World:  Choose your favorite image of nature that elicits an emotional response within you or reflects your personal connection to the natural world.
  2. People in Nature:  Choose your favorite image of people enjoying nature.
  3. Nature and Human Behavior:  Submit an image that illustrates human behavior and its relationship to the natural world.

First Place prize in each category is a $50 gift card from Pro Photo Supply in Portland!
Second place prize in each category is a $25 gift card from Pro Photo Supply in Portland!

CONTEST DEADLINE IN OCTOBER 18, 2013
Click here for more details and to enter!


Finding Ourselves in Nature:  The Human Connection to the Natural World

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The “Finding Ourselves in Nature” photo contest is sponsored by the Columbia Group of the Sierra Club and is being promoted in conjunction with the Sierra Club Columbia Group’s Adam Alabarca Sustainability Speaker Series.   Please join us for the event!

Adam Alabarca Sustainability Speaker Series:
Please join us for a presentation from Dr. Susan Clayton, Whitmore-Williams, Professor of Psychology at The College of Wooster, who will explore the human psychological relationship to nature, and how people and human behavior might be affected by environmental changes brought about by climate change and population growth.

Hollywood Theater, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland
October 30, 2013
Doors open 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public


Permafrost: Another Reason to Oppose Arctic Drilling

August 25, 2013

The Arctic is at the epicenter of several environmental and economic plover (1)crises involving land conservation, oil exploration, coal mining, global warming, and expanded development. An ecological phenomenon lies below this environmental hotspot and forms the foundation (literally) of the Alaskan Arctic; permafrost. Climate change has recently started to tamper with the stability of the active layer of permafrost, jeopardizing all of the aforementioned ventures and endangering the livelihoods of not only native ecosystems, but native inhabitants as well.

The disappearance of permafrost has a multitude of costs that are both short term and long term. The combined effects of oil development and melting permafrost could potentially create an extremely hazardous environment in the Arctic. Unstable, warmer permafrost is a result of rising temperatures in the North and causes land surfaces to be tremendously tenuous for structures, roads, and in particular, oil pipelines. Surface instability could break oil structures, thus triggering spills and leakages into the precious habitats of the Arctic. In addition to these direct consequences of permafrost degradation, there are also indirect effects of melting and decomposing permafrost, including the onslaught of methane into the atmosphere. Furthermore, there’s a possibility that either ocean or terrestrial permafrost could be holding gas hydrates, which are potentially huge sinks for methane. Because methane is a greenhouse gas, it causes the atmosphere to heat up, thus permafrost reduction is an example of a potential positive feedback loop between melting permafrost and increased climate change. While most of the harmful side effects of permafrost depletion are hypothetical and ambiguous, the prospective catastrophic consequences should not be ignored.

The delicate ecosystems of the North should not have to additionally deal with dangerous oil pipelines and increased development. Permafrost depletion is just one of many reasons oil companies should not drill in the pristine territories of Alaskan wilderness. Permafrost reduction and surface instability are two more reasons that must be added to the Chill the Drills list of defenses against oil development in the Arctic.

If you would like more information on the Arctic campaign here in Oregon sign our petition to Sen. Ron Wyden or contact our Arctic Organizer, Melissa (OregonArctic@gmail.com).

About the Chill the Drills campaign.


State Forest Management and Oregon’s Drinking Water

August 15, 2013
Trask River, Tillamook State Forest

Trask River, Tillamook State Forest

Sometimes it’s easy to think of Oregon’s forests as distant and removed–places meant for weekend escapes. The realities of how much our forests mean for our day-to-day lives can be striking. When we’re grilling salmon, breathing clean air, building additions to our homes, we’re using forest products. One of the most important forest products in Oregon is clean drinking water.

Most of the faucets, taps, and spigots in northwest Oregon have connections to the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. Having a publicly-owned, temperate rainforest in our State is unique to Oregon, and this landscape provides drinking water to over 400,000 people. However, mismanagement of these lands threatens the quality of that water, our health, and our quality of life. Herbicides, silt, and high temperatures can all be attributed to inadequate stream buffers and an over-ambitious timber harvest program. While logging is an important part of Oregon’s economy, culture, and history, overdoing it compromises the other amazing benefits we receive from our State Forest lands. Our State Forests need a balanced management plan!

Roughly 75% of Washington County residents get their drinking water from the Tualatin Valley Watershed, which begins in the Tillamook State Forest and flows into the Willamette Valley. Hillsboro, Oregon’s 5th most populous city receives its water from Barney Reservoir on State Forest land. Other recipients of State Forest-influenced water include Beaverton, Forest Grove, Banks, Tigard, Tualatin, North Plains, and soon Sherwood. Oregon’s north coast communities, deeply tied to the forest product economy, also rely on these forests. Cities including Tillamook, Seaside, Garibaldi, Bay City, Manzanita, and Nehalem also collect water downstream of State Forest watersheds.

Barney Reservoir

Barney Reservoir

Post clear-cut herbicide application can lead to carcinogens entering water sources. Timber harvests on steep slopes produce water-blocking landslides and can dirty waterways with sediment. Small stream buffers mean an inadequate amount of shade and woody debris in  our rivers and streams. An expansive, expensive, and ill-maintained logging road system means silt and water flow disruption. These are just some of the water quality problems stemming from a timber-centric management plan.

Failed culvert at the Wolf Creek headwaters

Failed culvert at the Wolf Creek headwaters

In order to provide Oregonians with the Greatest Permanent Value, our State Forests need to be managed with an eye towards all of their inherent qualities, not just timber. Clean water requires adequate stream buffers, protection for steep slopes, and special consideration for important reservoirs. In short, our State Forest landscape needs permanent Conservation Areas that provide water quality assurances, support healthy fish and wildlife habitat, and allow us to recreate in places of spectacular natural beauty.

Tell Governor Kitzhaber and the Board of Forestry that any new Forest Management Plan needs superior conservation outcomes!


State Forest Terrestrial Anchors are worth exploring!

August 2, 2013

On July 16th, a group of adventurous hikers trekked into the Bastard Creek Terrestrial Anchor in the Tillamook State Forest near Nehalem.  The 5,021 acre area provides critical habitat for marbled murrellet and wild salmon. Without path or plan, we embarked to see what this area had to offer in terms of wildlife, flora, sounds, sights, and challenges. Here are some images of our jaunt:

Map of the Bastard Creek Terrestrial Anchor. Our trek took us to the northeast corner.

Map of the Bastard Creek Terrestrial Anchor. Our trek took us to the northeast corner.

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Forest Ecologist Trygve Steen filled the expedition with knowledge. Here he cores a 110-year-old Western Hemlock.

Greg Jacob clambers over blown down trees.

Greg Jacob clambers over blown down trees.

The Bastard Creek area is newly classified “High Value Conservation Area” but its future is uncertain. The Board of Forestry is re-examining their Forest Management Plan and there is no guarantee that Conservation Areas will gain the long-term protection that is needed to support healthy fish and wildlife habitat and clean drinking water.

Oregon’s State Forests need a balanced plan that includes long-term conservation commitments. Click here to do your part for Oregon’s forest legacy!

Click here to check out other opportunities to get into the North Coast State Forests!


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