Upcoming Events!

Howdy all! We hope your summers were full of tall trees, cold rivers, and rebellious company. As always, we have a lot going on this fall. We're excited and you should be too! Keep a weather eye on our facebook page for more details. In the mean time, be sure to add these awesome events to your calendars!    


     Hike the Pipe!

     August 22 - September 26

This summer, a group of concerned and passionate Oregonians will hike through 232 miles of our beautiful state to protest the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline and export terminal that is proposed to cut through Southern Oregon. They will hike along the actual route of the pipeline, documenting their interaction with the individuals, communities, and ecosystems threatened by the project.

Their bold and novel form of activism will show policy makers that Oregon will not tolerate the exploitation of public and private land for private gain. Hike the Pipe! will *generate awareness* of the LNG issue in Oregon while *building solidarity* with affected communities, which will allow for more effective resistance to the LNG project.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/hikethepipe


*End of Summer/End of Civilization
September 19 @ 8pm @ The Bulb Ranch

Live Music, Horse Lube Wrestling, Drinking, Debauchery (what more do you need?)
$10-$20 NOTAFLOF
The Bulb Ranch, 1475 S. Brooklyn, Glenwood


*Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow
September 25 @ 7pm @ Old Nick's*

BFC's Campaign Coordinator Mike Mease will be hitting the road in September and October for a roadshow to Washington, Oregon and California to share music, stories, video and activism inspired by the Yellowstone bison. He'll be joined by musicians Goodshield and Mignon Geli for what promise to be very special events.
Donations accepted at the door.
Old Nick's, 211 Washington, Eugene

For more details or to help promote these events, email Mike at mease@wildrockies.org.
Check out buffalofieldcampaign.org for more info.


*12th Annual Ancient Forest Hoedown**
**October 17 @ 6pm @ Avalon Stables *
Contra Dance Music from the Slippery Slope String Band with a dance caller Rosie Sweetman. Barn Dance for all skill levels. More live music from the Dirty Dandelions. Vegetarian Dinner & Desserts. Locally crafted Libations. Circus Acts. Sack Race. Fun for the whole family!
$10-$20 sliding scale
Avalon Horse Stables, 80143 Hazelton, Cottage Grove.

Hosted by the Cascadia Forest Defenders

Banner Criticizes Heavy Logging On Deschutes National Forest Near Bend

This morning, activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders hung a banner across Cascade Lakes Highway in protest of the Forest Service’s plans to clearcut and log old growth on public land. The banner reads “Blue Marks = Proposed Cuts! Forests Need Old Growth.”  Some of the trees slated for cutting are visible directly from the road and are marked by blue paint on about four miles along Cascade lakes highway. 

Cascadia Forest Defenders demands a stop to commercial logging on the Deschutes National Forest and on all public lands. “It is unacceptable for these supposed stewards of the forest to continue clearcutting sensitive species habitat, targeting old large-diameter trees, fragmenting ancient ecosystems, and denying Oregon recreationalists access to the places they love,” activist Richard Hayley said.   

The "Lex Vegetation Management Project" and the "West Bend Vegetation Management Project" are two controversial timber sales in the Deschutes National Forest. The Lex timber sale proposes 6,500 acres of commercial logging only about 10 miles from Bend. The sale includes potential Northern Spotted Owl habitat and stands of never-before-logged forest. Other parts of the sale have been logged in the past and are just now beginning to recover – they should be left to grow. 

The 25,000-acre West Bend timber sale includes about 14,000 acres of very heavy logging and clearcutting. The sale runs alongside the Deschutes River near Lava Island, a popular recreation area. It is comprised of mostly of a thriving, healthy and mature forest.

Both timber sales are home to deer, elk, bear, grouse, American marten, Northern goshawk, and black-backed woodpecker. These areas also suffer from drought, stream damage by past logging, and are especially vulnerable to soil erosion and other consequences of timber harvest.  

“The West Bend and Lex sales are very alarming to us,” said activist Erin Grady. “How can the Forest Service justifiably cut 31,500 acres of fragile forest on public land? Do they really think that the scores of Oregonians who hike, camp, and bike in Central Oregon want this to happen?”

The mismanagement of the Deschutes National Forest is inexcusable. Clearcutting, salvage logging, and suppressing healthy and natural wildfires are practices that benefit the timber industry, not ecosystems.

The Latest on the Elliott State Forest

Earlier this month, the Oregon State Land Board voted to transfer ownership of the Elliott State Forest to a single buyer. This marks the conclusion of the Elliott Alternatives Project, an eight-month assessment of possible management options for the Elliott during which hundreds of concerned Oregonians asked the State Land Board to keep the forest public and fully available to hunting, camping, hiking, and other recreation activities.

Potential buyers have just over a year to formulate proposals, although they must notify the state of their interest by Dec. 15. Environmental groups said they hope to raise money from a combination of private and public sources to purchase the forest, then possibly transfer it to a public owner.

THE GOOD: Since the 1930s, timber harvest in the Elliott has been funneled into the Common School Fund, and transferring the forest to a new ownership equals an end to the outdated and ridiculous practice of supporting public schools by logging ancient trees.  The Land Board also agreed that potential buyers must a) keep the forest open to public access b) protect older stands in 25% of the forest from timber harvest c) maintain 120-foot buffers around fish-bearing streams and c) sustain 40 full-time jobs per year.

THE BAD: At present, 35% of the Elliott is designated as protected Marbled Murrelet habitat. It is concerning that the Land Board is requiring new owners to conserve just 25% of the forest. Oregonians have made it overwhelmingly clear that they want to maintain collective ownership of the forest, and selling it to a private buyer – whether or not that buyer agrees to allow public access – ignores their wishes. 

After years of fighting to save the Elliott from the timber industry's nefarious clutches, we are slowly but undeniably winning. The prospect of losing the forest to a private owner, someone unaccountable to the people of Oregon, is terrifying – but if we continue to stand together and pressure Oregon lawmakers to opt for a buyer who will transfer ownership to a public agency, we can ensure that the Elliott will grow old indefinitely. 

CFD will not stop fighting for the Elliott until we know for certain that it will remain within public ownership and that it will not be logged. Stay tuned for updates!

Warner Creek and CFD's 20th Anniversary August 14-16

Cousins, Cascadians, un-met friends, 

This summer is the 20th anniversary of the historic struggle to protect the Cornpatch Roadless Area, otherwise known as Warner Creek, from a disastrous fire-salvage logging project.  After years of community organizing, and legal challenges to stop the proposed timber sale were denied, in 1995 people joined together and blockaded the road for 11 months, through heat, rain and 8 feet of snow, until the sale was dropped. This campaign lead to the formation of the Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) who are still on the frontlines of forest defense today.

The campaign to protect Warner Creek goes down in history as one of the most successful campaigns in the global forest protection movement, yet we are still struggling to get permanent protection for the area. Join us August 14-16 for a weekend of events to learn about the place and the campaign, both past and present, and to celebrate the anniversary of
this important victory. Join us for one evening or for the whole weekend! You do not need to have been at the blockade to join this celebration or the current fight for permanent wilderness protection.

All supporters and allies are welcome, new and old!

Calendar of Events:

Friday, August 14 at 6 pm

We start off with Movie Night at the Boreal, an all-ages book & records store/infoshop at 450 W. 3rd, showing 'Born in Fire,' a short film drawn from the pre-blockade fight for Warner Creek, and 'Pickaxe: Director's Cut,' a feature-length documentary from the direct-action side of the campaign.You'll hear words from the director and some of the cast, who will be introducing the films. Black tie optional. Show starts at 6.

Friday, August 14 at 9 pm

At 9, we migrate less than a block away to Old Nick's (211 Washington) for Peter Wilde, who would serenade us back in the day when we were locked down, and the CFD's own Dirty Dandelions! Great food and malted beverages available. $5-$10 sliding-scale benefit for CFD.

Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16

We head to the woods!  Come out and reconnect with the wilds of Warner Creek or come for the first time and fall in love.  On both days there will be guided and self-guided hikes through and around the Warner burn and the Cornpatch Roadless Area.  Saturday night we’re having a potluck (we’re cooking a load of pasta and you all bring sides, salads, unspoiled roadkill, toppings, whatever).  This will be followed by entertainment and a celebration of St. Francis of Eatherington (long-time forest activist who is being released back into the wild).  On Sunday morning we’ll have a discussion on the lessons and legacy of CFD and the historic campaign around some coffee, stale bagels (a staple of the Warner camp!), and whatever everyone else brings up. The berries will be abundant!

Come self-sufficient! 

We will be bringing barrels of water, but bring some anyway.  Bring enough food for yourself and some to share.  A plate, bowl, cup, and utensils in some combination is a very good idea. Bring sunscreen, jackets, bug spray if you want, comfy boots, camping stuff, shiny, funky clothes for Saturday night.  Musical implements, even a drums, are welcome!  Don’t forget your headlamp and favorite beverage. Remember, marijuana is not legal in 53% of Oregon (federal land), and we’ll be in the middle of that part, so it’ll be just like old times. BRING FULL WATER JUGS.

PARKING IS LIMITED AT THE SITE, SO PEOPLE NEED TO CARPOOL. Carpools leave Growers Market on Saturday at 9:30am and Sequential on I-5 at 10am.
FOR MORE INFORMATION and RIDE-SHARE COORDINATION, contact cascadiaef@gmail.com.

Directions to the Warner Creek/Cascadia Forest Defenders 20th Birthday Party and Francisfest, August 15 & 16

First the good news - FS 2408, the road up to the blockade site, suffered a fantastic failure a few years ago and is blocked about a mile up. Yahoo!
The bad news is that because 2408 is blown out, you gotta go around the other way. First off, get to Oakridge. Get on Hwy. 58 off I-5 just south of Eugene and drive east about 35 miles to Oakridge (last stop for food at Ray's market and the brewpub) and then keep going to mile post 43. Turn left onto Kwis Kwis Butte Road (FS 5871). Keep on the main road until you’ve hit the 2408 road, then turn right. Go about 5 miles to the blockade site. Whoo-hoo! Continue about another mile and turn right on FS 286. Drive up, park and set up camp someplace, near the trailhead or across the meadow. You have arrived at the trail to Little Bunchgrass Meadow and the heart of the Warner wilderness. More whoo-hooing!

(These roads have been driven in a newer, lower sort of Subaru, no problem. Really low-clearance cars should be cautious. Pink survey flagging or signs will be hung at the intersections.

See you there!