Zinke abandons protection for Wild and Scenic Chetco River

“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.”

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Endangered Species Protection Sought for California, Oregon Salamander Threatened by Logging

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.

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Southwestern Oregon Residents Oppose Massive Pickett West Timber Sale

Grants Pass, OrA 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.

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Timber group suing Interior for more trees

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 Tribune

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LINKS TO KSWILD Gold miner Cliff Tracy wants to dig in again on critical salmon stream in southwest Oregon

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.com

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