On the evening of July 2nd, Oregon Federal District Judge Michael McShane issued a legal order effectively halting the 571-acre “Lower Graves” old-growth timber sale in the Grants Pass Resource Area of the Medford BLM District.Read More
Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to respond to a 2018 petition requesting Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled Siskiyou Mountains salamander.Read More
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), a public lands package that includes the Oregon Wildlands Act (S. 1548). The legislation would add more 250 miles of rivers to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.Read More
Judge Troy L. Nunley halted plans for post-fire, clear-cut logging in northern California’s Klamath National Forest. The court held that the Seiad-Horse timber sale project would illegally and irreparably harm aquatic resources with increased sedimentation, violate the Northwest Forest Plan’s restrictions on large snag removal from a late-successional reserve, and violate the National Environmental Policy Act for failing to analyze the effects of the project.Read More
Fire expert Richard Fairbanks will be speaking at the Mount Shasta Resort’s Highland Room on Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The resort is located at 1000 Siskiyou Lake Blvd. in Mount Shasta. This program will give attendees insight into how past land management practices brought on the mega-fires we’re enduring today, and show what we can do change that pattern.Read More
In a win for conservation groups, a judge ruled today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must reconsider the denial of Endangered Species Act protection for Pacific fishers.Read More
Humboldt martens are currently under review for Endangered Species Act protection at the federal and state level, but Oregon law still permitted commercial fur trapping of the species. California banned the trapping of these secretive, mid-sized forest carnivores in 1946. The martens currently inhabit two distinct areas within the Siuslaw and Rogue-Siskiyou national forests.Read More
Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the U.S. Department of Interior Appropriations bill has passed the full Senate as part of a 2019 funding package, providing critical investments in wildfire suppression and recovery activities that are of particular importance to Oregon as wildfires rage across hundreds of thousands of acres.Read More
“The Chetco is an amazing Wild and Scenic river, renowned for its water clarity, world-class fishery of big fish, and for a full range of recreation including swimming, camping, and boating,” said Dave Lacey, owner of South Coast Tours, a local kayaking company. “People come from all over to enjoy the Chetco. It would be crazy to allow instream mining in this popular river.”Read More
ASHLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups filed a federal petition for Endangered Species Act protection today for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander, a rare terrestrial salamander that lives in old-growth forests in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and Northern California. The salamander is threatened by federal land-agency plans to ramp up logging in southern Oregon.Read More
Join in for our Climate report public debut! Discussions will include latest climate projections for the Rogue Valley, information about implications for forest fires, and how climate research informed the need for expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.Read More
Grants Pass, Or—A coalition of residents from the Illinois, Applegate and Rogue Valleys will gather to protest the BLM timber auction for the 287-acre Pickett Hog Timber Sale, above the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. The Pickett Hog Timber Sale is the first to be auctioned from the controversial Pickett West Project. Other timber sales are being developed from the Pickett West Project in the Applegate Valley and in the mountains above Selma, Oregon.Read More
Joseph Vaile, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands CenterRead More
Federal law enforcement believes Gold Hill miner Clifford Randall Tracy, who was convicted for illegal mining on Sucker Creek in 2009, is at it again.
By Chris Conrad, Mail TribuneRead More
To force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to increase its timber harvest in Western Oregon, the timber industry, including Rough and Ready Lumber Co. in the Illinois Valley and the Swanson Group Manufacturing in Glendale, filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday.
By Paul Fattig, Mail TribuneRead More
Southwest Oregon gold miner Clifford R. Tracy has been charged a second time with illegally mining near a sensitive salmon stream, this time on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property along Galice Creek.
By Scott Learn, OregonianRead More
In 2009, Tracy was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of illegally mining on U.S. Forest Service land next to a critical salmon stream in southwest Oregon. Now, he has applied to mine at the same spot again, and the Forest Service says his prior conviction won't factor in to their evaluation of his new proposal.
By Scott Learn, Oregonlive.comRead More
Federal judge orders Six Rivers National Forest to develop remedial plan.
By Donna Tam, The Times-Standard
Oregon's Environmental Quality Commission today adopted the strictest standards for toxic water pollution in the United States. The new rules, adopted on a 4-1 vote, are designed to protect tribal members and others who eat large amounts of contaminated fish.
By Scott Learn, Oregonlive.comRead More