Sunday, October 2, 2011

Friends of the Forest Rally to save some of the last old growth!

If you haven't already, I hope that you block off the first half of your
day on*Tuesday, October 11 and dedicate it to change for Oregon's State
Forests*. The State Land Board, made up of Governor Kitzhaber, Secretary
Brown and Treasurer Wheeler, will be making a final decision on a
proposed 40% clearcutting ramp-up on the Elliott State Forest
. A dire situation is about to get
worse as the land board is expected to adopt the new forest plan that
will sanction clearcutting of 850-1,000 acres of complex rainforest each
year. This is troubling as the Elliott is a lifeboat for the federally
listed Marbled Murrelet, Northern Spotted Owl and Oregon Coast Coho
Salmon amidst the Coast Range.

October 11 is not just about the Elliott. The governor also plays a
critical role in overseeing the management of the Clatsop and Tillamook
State Forests, north coastal rainforests that continue to get hammered
year after year, amidst efforts to create promising new management
arrangements. It has become clear that what is happening on our state
forests is worse than any other public lands logging in the Northwest
today. It is time for change, and it needs to come from all of us. And
it needs to happen now.

*I'm writing to make sure you prioritize the State Land Board meeting on
October 11 for a family-friendly rally under the banner of Friends of
Oregon's Forests.* This is a direct opportunity to address the reckless
forest practices on the Elliott, Clatsop and Tillamook, demonstrate how
out of line with public values the logging programs are, and demand a
new way forward. I encourage you to come down to speak at the rally and
talk with the media that day.*Please let me know your organization's
interest, your ability to turn people out, and anything else related to
the event.*

There will be carpools (buses and vehicles) leaving from Cottage Grove,
Eugene and Portland (and hopefully other locations). Stay tuned for more
detailed carpooling information. Invite your Facebook network and stay
apprised: Hope to
see you on the 11th.

-Friends of the Forest

1 comment:

OC said...

So, you publishing this year or what?