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The forests in the Pacific Northwest are under dire threat. Members of Congress are considering legislation to convert currently protected areas critical for the conservation of threatened salmon and wildlife into logged sacrifice zones. Worse, the administration has been pondering its own changes to the Northwest Forest Plan that would also accept less forest protection and promote more logging in forests that are now protected.
Senator Wyden, who chairs the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, is hearing loud and clear from the timber industry and cash-strapped counties that they want a logging bailout to solve the county payments crisis and to go back to the failed policies of the past that led to the severe overcutting of public forestlands, the near elimination of our ancient forests and pushed fish and wildlife populations to the brink of extinction.
These are OUR forests: a legacy for current and future generations of Oregonians. Our backyard forests provide clean drinking water, are home to some of America’s last remaining ancient forests, protect water quality in our rivers and streams, and they offer the scenic beauty that makes Oregon a great place to live, work and raise a family. With legislation in the works that could determine the future of these forests, it’s time to make our voices stand out.
It’s time those of us who value our public forest lands for clean water, recreation, and fish and wildlife got louder. Let your voice be heard in the place where it will make the most difference, in the halls of the Congress.
Please join us for a national call-in day to Senator Ron Wyden on July 17.
Call and leave a statement with the Senator’s staff person at any of the following offices. If no one answers, leave a polite message.
Washington, D.C. office: 202-224-5244
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources office: 202-224-4971
Portland office: 503-326-7525
Eugene office: 541-431-0229
After you make the call, join us outside Wyden's Portland office for a lunchtime visibility action, where we will hold signs and hand out information so Wyden knows we are paying attention!
Where: 911 NE 11th Ave (on the corner of NE 11th Ave and NE Lloyd Blvd by the MAX)
When: Wed. July 17th, 12pm-1pm; Signs provided.
Talking Points to Use:
• Oregon’s O&C lands are a legacy for current and future generations of Oregonians. Our backyard forests provide clean drinking water, are home to some of America’s last remaining ancient forests, protect water quality in our rivers and streams, and they offer the scenic beauty that makes Oregon a great place to live, work and raise a family.
• A dramatic increase in logging and clearcutting in our national forests is shortsighted and would decimate the clean drinking water, wildlife and fish populations, and economic and recreational benefits from activities such as hunting, hiking, fishing, and camping, that our public forest lands provide and support.
• Ample timber is currently being produced from our federal forests under existing law and policy. There’s no way Congress can dramatically increase timber harvest on BLM lands without clear-cutting older forests and dismantling bedrock federal laws or scientific plans like the Northwest Forest Plan.
• Like most other municipalities in the country, O&C counties need to diversify their revenue sources. The federal government should provide a fair and reasonable payment, but in shared responsibility with the state and counties. More logging is not the answer.