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Wrenched the movie
March 5 @ 8:30pm
University of Oregon, Willamette 100
Donations requested

"Filmmaker ML Lincoln’s documentary Wrenched reveals how Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Through interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, ML Lincoln captures the outrage of Abbey’s friends who were the original eco-warriors. In defense of wilderness, these early activists pioneered ”monkeywrenching” - a radical blueprint for “wrenching the system.” Exemplified by EarthFirst! in the early ‘80s, direct action and civil disobedience grew in popularity. With tree-spiking, forest occupation and high-profile publicity stunts such as the cracking at Glen Canyon Dam, this group became the eventual target of FBI infiltrators, leading to the arrest of various members."

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/64900586 



OutLAW Bash XX
March 6 @ 8pm
299 Garfield, Eugene

Join us for Cascadia Forest Defenders largest fundraiser of the year. The only thing we can promise during this dark age, where our enemies continue the death march towards high profits and an unrecognizable planet is a night of beer, dancing, and debauchery! And of course we will keep fighting, with hangovers and all.


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CFD's Comments on the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline

Though it becomes clearer every day that we are standing on the threshold of climate catastrophe, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering a project that would expand earth-destroying extractive industries and flatten Oregon forests. Cascadia Forest Defenders unequivocally opposes the construction of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and pipeline. A foreign corporation’s profits should never be chosen over the health of the land, the water, and the people who need them.

FERC failed to consider an assortment of the ways in which this project would devastate the environment, not only here in Oregon but across the country and around the world. Liquified Natural Gas is methane, a greenhouse gas 86 more times more potent than burning coal. Methane leaks into the atmosphere during the processes associated with LNG drilling, transportation, and processing. It also notoriously contaminates groundwater; methane concentrations are 17 times higher in drinking water wells near fracking sites than in normal wells.

Approving the Jordan Cove terminal and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline would expand the fracking operations that enable that leakage to happen. There are already more than 500,000 active natural gas wells in the US, each of which requires one to eight million gallons of water for each fracture job. Enabling this industry to grow even more is an act of blatant disregard for the planet, for our limited life-sustaining natural resources, and for the wellbeing of the people most influenced by fracking operations.

Here in Oregon, the project would cause hundreds of landowners would lose their properties to eminent domain. No company should have the right to condemn Oregonians’ land and lifestyles – especially not a company that will cut corners around safety standards by using thin pipes and inefficient welds. Many of the landowners who face eminent domain threats have been speaking out against the pipeline for years; why haven’t you been listening?

The project additionally commissions a vast clearcut – a 100-foot wide easement across 75 miles of southern Oregon public forests, most of which have been reserved for threatened species like the Marbled Murrelet, the Northern Spotted Owl, and the Coho Salmon. 400 waterways will have their stream-side vegetation permanently cleared. This is unfathomable and inexcusable.

Consider the environmental consequences of this project more carefully. Extend the public comment period so that the people most influenced have a fair opportunity to weigh in on it. Decide on the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline from a perspective that values factors more important than corporate interests. We assume that you are familiar with the Tar Sands Blockade, a massive national movement against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Those of us who spent time there aren't fond of fracking, habitat destruction, or ruining rural peoples' lives -- and we certainly are getting sick of the federal agencies condoning those things. Make the right choice, FERC. If you build it, we will fight.

For the wild,
Cascadia Forest Defenders

Let Your Voice Be Heard About the Elliott State Forest!

A Guide to Public Comments:

Action Alert!
Send public comment by October 10th to the Department of State Lands to oppose the privatization of the Elliott State Forest.

Sending public comment is easy, quick and one of the most effective things you could do right now to effect the decision of the State Land Board. You simply send your opinion via email to elliottproject@state.or.us to be considered.

The State Land Board is preparing to make a decision on December 9th on the future of the Elliott State Forest. Among six options, complete privatization is on the table, as well as a state buy-out option that could return the forest into the hands of the community.  The most critical thing that any Oregonian can do to effect this decision is to make a public comment. 

Tell the State Land Board that you oppose the privatization of the Elliott, that public land is valuable to you and you don't want it to be sold.  Tell them you support the Public Agency Transfer, which would turn the Elliott into a Forest Reserve.

Here are some arguments you could make in your comments:

- The Elliott is home to the federally listed Marbled Murrelet, Northern Spotted Owl and Coastal Coho Salmon. Selling the forest to a timber company will turn it into a tree farm and will critically endanger the habitat of these species between 1997 and 2012 22% of Coho Salmon returning to the region were linked to the Elliott; every year, more than 40,000 Coho can be attributed to the Elliott's rivers and streams. 

- Public land is important for hunting, fishing, recreation, carbon sequestration and the conservation of biodiversity in coastal rainforests.

- Many of the proposed alternatives for Elliott management continue to fund education through logging. Is this a situation that you are interested in seeing persist? Tell the Land Board you would like to see state funding for schools decoupled from timber harvest.

- The argument for privatization only takes into account revenue made from cutting timber. Are there no other sources of funding for education? Does the Oregon economy run on timber? Is that the only future for Oregon's economy? 

- Is the only value of a forest in how much money it is worth?

Please write comments to the State Land Board and keep up with the news about this forest. We are at a critical point, where the next few months will set the course for the Elliott's fate for a long time to come. Help us protect this ecosystem.

Thank you