Elliott Forest Seeking Wealthy Anarchist

The Elliott State Forest is up for sale. Last Thursday, January 28, the Department of State Lands, acting on behalf of the State Land Board, hosted a mandatory meeting for interested buyers at the USFW department headquarters in Salem to detail the transaction  requirements as set forth by the state.

Two of us were present and awkwardly mingled among the 60 or so mostly white, middle-aged men dressed in business casual. The people in that room represented the usual crowd of timber companies and conservationist NGOs, but there were new interests we didn't recognize, like carbon credit venture capitalists, and green-washed international land management trusts.

After half an hour of small talk over fruit plates and stale coffee, Jim Paul, Assistant Director of the Common School Fund Property Program, called the room to attention and began detailing the preliminary transaction protocol. The price of the Elliott will be set at a "fair market value" that will be announced on July 27, 2016. It will be sold in full and a single entity or individual must take responsibility for the full amount. Interested buyers must submit a proposed acquisition plan that would address four stipulations of the sale and "enforceable mechanisms" (such as a conservation easement) to ensure the purchasing entity will 1) conserve public recreational access on at least 50% of the acreage, 2) ensure at least 40 full time jobs for 10 years, 3) conserve 25% of acres for older forest stands, and 4) conserve riparian buffers of 120 feet on both sides of all streams containing salmon, steelhead or bull trout.

Throughout the meeting, timber interest parties rustled their feathers again and again over these 'stipulations' which complicated the purchase process and required significat legal fees.
Jim encouraged attendees to network during the breaks saying they were very open to a proposal that included a coalition of groups representing diverse interests. Theoretically, such a coalition could collaborate on both the upfront financial investment and the ongoing management of different areas in the Elliott. Based on a few conversations I had, the conservationist side would prefer to see a transfer of ownership to federal land but the BLM representative I spoke with did not seem optimistic about the practicality of that option due to the quick turn around time: proposed acquisition plans are due by November 15, 2016.

The next big date is April 5th for a second non-mandatory meeting then in mid-May when they will conduct tours of the Elliott State Forest for interested buyers. In the meantime, if anyone of you is feeling particularly generous today, it will only take somewhere between $235-400 million to buy 93,000 acres of beautiful temperate coastal rain forest. Massive free state project anyone? Now is the time to step forward good friend.

This Will Not Be John's Last Stand

Mixed conifer forest in Hardesty Roadless Area
Alright ya'll, its time to get amped about an atrocious timber sale called John's Last Stand, yet another example of poor forest management practice by the Eugene District, Bureau of Land Management. Only an hour's drive from Eugene, John's Last Stand, is one of our closest remaining old-growth stands. The BLM is trying to take a 47-acre gouge out of the Hardesty Roadless Area, one of the last tracts of intact roadless forests in the area. This threatened habitat is used by numerous native species, and the BLM refuses to acknowledge the real value of living trees. This sale would impact anyone living in by the Lost Creek Watershed, including Lost Valley Permaculture Center, whose water source is already heavily damaged by timber industry.  John's Last Stand is only a stones throw from Mt. June. A clearcut would have significant impact on die-hard recreationalists, including mountain bikers, and other Eugene-area outdoor enthusiasts.

CFD restoring trail to John's Last Stand
CFD restores trail to John's Last Stand
The Cascadia Forest Defenders trail restoration team recently went for a hike and fell in love with the snow covered hemlock and fir in and around the sale. We'll be hosting public hikes and maintaining access to the area to show the BLM we're not letting them have their way with this forest.

What can I do?

We're ready for direct action if it comes down to the line. But for now we're "playing nice" and counting on enough public outcry to stop the sale.

1) Writing letters to the Eugene Weekly and the Register Guard.
The most effective way to win a campaign is to show that the public is not apathetic.

2) Donate online to support the organizations involved in stopping this clear cut. Cascadia Forest Defenders, Cascadia Wild, and Oregon Wild.

3) Join us for a public hike to enjoy this beautiful wild! Details below.

A public hike is planned for Saturday, January 30. Meet Dandy outside the Grower's Market (454 Willamette) at 8:30am to find a carpool. If you live in the Dexter, Lowell or Oakridge area, meet us at Dexter Lake Club at 9am. Please RSVP to forestdefensenow@gmail.com no later than January 28th, so we can anticipate how many folks are coming.

Note: this is a relatively strenuous hike! Be prepared with non-cotton layers and plenty of food and water for yourself. Wear good warm boots with gators to keep out the snow. SNOW SHOES ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! But be prepared to carry your snowshoes for the first half of the hike. After the hike, join us at Brewer's Union in Oakridge to enjoy live music, delicious food, and a drink with locals.

Driving Directions:

To John's Last Stand:
From Pleasant Hill proceed southeast on Highway 58 for 4.5 miles to junction of Rattlesnake Road. Proceed south on South Rattlesnake Road for 4.5 miles to the junction of Lost Creek Road. Continue forward and proceed south on Lost Creek Road for 1.9 miles to junction of Eagles Rest Road. Turn left and keep right. Proceed on Eagles Rest Road for 2 miles. Continue on the pavement by following the fork to the left. This is NF-509 (BLM Road 19-1-33-1). Proceed for 6 miles until a fork. Go left and continue on NF-511 (BLM Road 20-1-14). In 0.7 mile, you see a parking lot on your right. Park and walk up the road another 100 feet to the unmarked trailhead on your left, currently marked by green flagging.

The trail is approximately 4 miles of hiking that rises 1,000 feet to the ridge. Ancient forest begins about a mile in on the first ridge. As of January 23, the snow begins about 2.5-3 miles up the trail, just before the side trail up to Sawtooth Rock. SNOWSHOES become very handy at this point. At the top of the last ridge (4 miles in) is a trail sign, toward Mt. June (1/2 mile). The sale is located on the right side of the ridge just before reaching the Mt. June trail, on the east face of the summit.

As of January 23, you can drive up another two miles until you start to get snow on the road. DO NOT DRIVE FURTHER OR YOUR CAR MAY GET STUCK IN THE SNOW. Remember, whenever you go into a wilderness area like Hardesty, bring a compass, a good map and a good friend!

Here's a link to the prospectus of the proposed sale

The US Trade Representative is soliciting comments on the Trans Pacific Partnership by 1/13/16.

Please use the link below to make your comments. The TPP is a
multi-national Corporate wish list that will erode our sovereignty as we
are seeing them do as we get sued by Canada and Mexico because we passed
legislation for labeling beef with the country of origin, so if I want to
support our ranchers, I won’t know if the beef I buy is from Venezuela or
the USA. Our workers will have to compete with workers in Vietnam or
Malaysia or… Any foreign company can sue us for any legislation that may
impact their potential profit if it benefits local businesses or workers.
This bill is so bad, please, make your comments. We only have 3 day left.

Thank You Shelley for the link! Here is a link to the US Government's
comment page for the TPP.



What's wrong with the TPP:



The UA Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters invite you to an open public forum concerning the TransPacific Partnership and how it relates to the citizens of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

There will be presentations by speakers and an opportunity for all who would like to be heard.
WHERE: LOCAL 290 MEETING HALL, 2861 Pierce Parkway, Springfield
Refreshments will be served.
****Also it is important to call Senator Wyden and let him know we did not forget his Fast Track vote and we won't forget what he votes on the TPP. I am going to keep calling until he gets the message and I am very excited to go to this Forum! Lets Rock Wyden's World! Senator Wyden 202-224-5244 (in DC)

Call to Action: tell the Department of State Lands, No LNG by Friday at 5pm!

Happy New Year from Cascadia Forest Defenders! Here's to another year of winning against corporations and their government puppets. As their power slips, they are more desperate than ever to desecrate our old-growth forests for the profit of few!
Our new year's resolution? To stay in touch better with our broader community of rabble rousers--that's you! Could you take 15 minutes to help us out today? (Hint: its not a donation request.)
Urgent Call to Action: Corporation from Canada want to build a Liquified Natural Gas terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. First, they must obtain a permit from the Department of State Lands granting so that they can dredge and fill sediment for trenches across 400 waterways including Coos River, Coquille River, Umpqua River, Rogue River, Klamath River, and Coos Bay. This permit allows them to destroy the riparian habitat so many of us have worked hard to conserve and restore.  Those fracking corporations won't stop!
Comments are due by 5pm on Friday, January 8th. It'll only take a few minutes! If you've never sent comments before, it's easy and fun! They can be intelligent or wing-nutty (our specialty). Comments are important to demonstrate the public is not apathetic: we care about our forests and will fight for them until the end.
The Department of State Lands is charged with protecting and conserving our waterways. See talking points below of why they should not issue a permit.
To submit comments, send an email to Bob Lobdell, bob.lobdell@dsl.state.or.us and Lorna Stafford lorna.stafford@dsl.state.or.us
Or you can mail hand-written notes to 775 Summer St. NE #100, Salem, OR 97301
Feeling lazy? You can easily submit pre-written comments here: Rogue Riverkeeper
You can find more information and example comments here: No LNG

~*~*~*~*Happy Fracking Holiday from CFD and Southern Oregon Rising Tide~*~*~*~*~

Some talking points you may want to include in your comments:
·      Initial excavation of sediment material from wetlands and waterways followed by repeated assault during years of maintenance dredging
·      Destruction of riparian areas that are currently used for both commercial (ex: family owned oyster farmers and fishers) and non-commercial purposes (ex: rafting adventures on the Rogue)
·      Impacts of terminal include dredging of the bay, discharge of pollutants, and loss of habitat in Coos Bay affecting aquatic species like salmon, steelhead, lamprey, oysters and more
·      Pipelines with low safety standards endangering populated areas within the blast zone
·      Department of State Lands is mandated to conserve and protect the best use of our waterway and the only issue a commercial permit if it confirms with sound conservation and does not interfere with public health and safety.
·      Waterways affected: Coos River, Coquille River, Umpqua River, Rogue River, Klamath River, and Coos Bay