Fighting fossil fuel projects like the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export project is only half of the climate change battle in our region. Climate change is getting worse fast so we also have to act to prepare the Klamath-Siskiyou for a warming world. KS Wild has just assembled the best available science in a comprehensive report to help show the path forward to help public lands adapt to climate change.
The so-called “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2107,” passed out of the House of Representatives last week. This bill is an extreme attack on public lands, proposing up to 50-square-mile clearcuts with no public review. There is nothing resilient about that.
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Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) asked the Trump administration to start a process to reverse hard fought protections for portions of the Illinois and Smith River and Hunter Creek watersheds in Southwest Oregon despite overwhelming local support for their protection.
Zinke is clear that he wants to remove the Monument’s protections and hand over the forests to timber companies. Aggressive logging on 16,591 acres of land currently protected for the Monument’s unique wildlife is an obvious goal of the recommendations. In the long term, there is a suggestion that more than half of the Monument could be axed.
The Siskiyou Crest is one of the most biologically, botanically, and geologically special places in the world. It is also a climate change refuge for plants and animals and a recreational wonderland. It is no place for clearcut logging. So we had to stop it.
Nyla, age 6, holds a sign "Protect the future" while she addresses the crowd of over 100 fellow protesters at the BLM Interagency Office in Grants Pass Oregon last week. Watch the video to see more from the big event...