Join us on Tuesday March 13 at 6:30 PM at the Unitarian Universlists 129 NE E St. We will start with our Health, Environment, and Unseat Walden action committees meeting. Then after regular Committee business, Tim Ream from KSWild (Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center) will be with us to give a presentation, “Wildfire and Logging on our Public Lands”.
This Land is Your Land:
Our Unique SW Oregon Environment.
Can We Foster Resilience?
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Wild River Pub in Grants Pass
533 NE F Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This FREE workshop, organized by Rogue Indivisible, is an excellent chance to learn from local experts about our complex southwest Oregon environment, what makes it unique, and what we can do to help in sustainable management of our region’s natural resources.
- Overview of SW Oregon’s Ecological Systems – Dr. Tom Atzet,
- A Rogue Climate in Our Valley: Trends, Projections, Consequences – Dr. Alan Journet, Co-Facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
- What is Restoration Forestry and Why is it Important? – Gary Clarida, Restoration Forester
- 25 Things You Can Do to Help Save Our Rogue Valley Environment – Bob Bath, High School Science Teacher
- Local Recreational Trails and Collaboration to Benefit Rogue Valley Economy and Communities – Hope Robertson, Founder/President Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
- The Ecology of Relationships: Community Collaboration in Natural Resource Management -Jack Shipley, Founder, Applegate
- Wrap-Up Panel Discussion – All Presenters available for Questions
No fee for attending! Space is limited. Please register early!
Coffee, tea, water and light snacks will be provided.
Email email@example.com to sign up or register online at rogueindivisible.org
From Rogue Indivisible:
Oppose H.R. 2936 The Resilient Federal Forest Act
This bill passed the House on November 2nd. We need to contact senators and ask that they vote against this bill.
Action: Possible script for call.
Hi, this is (Insert Name) and I live in (City). I’d like to speak to the staffer who works on environmental issues.
I’m calling asking you to oppose HR 2936. I support the concept of productive and resilient federal forestlands. But this is a bill that does the OPPOSITE of creating resilient forests. It is designed to be a gift to the timber industry with a pretense to help forests. This bill would allow for environmentally devastating projects without the necessary environmental checks required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), dramatically expanding exclusions ideally meant only for non-controversial forest management practices. Thank you.
Senator Ron Wyden – Phone 202-224-5244, https://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact
Senator Jeff Merkley – Phone 202-224-3753, https://www.merkley.senate.gov/contact
The bill is basically doublespeak for expediting logging on federal lands. The bill co-sponsored by Greg Walden substantially weakens environmental review by time limits and expanding categorical exemptions, increases the size of acreage allowable for clear cutting, eliminates certain restrictions on timber harvesting, and expedites review procedures for the National Historic Preservation Act and the Endangered Species Act by restricting review to a 90-day period. The proposed law also places limits on litigation to challenge the environmental review process, including requiring arbitration for certain objections rather than judicial review, would prevent the award of attorney fees in the challenge of forest management activities and prohibits stopping logging projects through preliminary injunctions or restraining orders.
For more detailed analysis and possible narrative to use in an email or phone call, go to the Environment Webpage: http://rogueindivisible.org/?page_id=298
Recommended Reading: Officially-True Lies
Administration policy is based on a series of falsehoods. http://legal-planet.org/2017/11/13/officially-true-lies/
Recommended You Tube Viewing: Era of Megafires
Last week a couple of Rogue Indivisible members attended a presentation by Dr. Paul Hessburg on the Era of Megafires in Ashland. In this presentation, Dr. Hessburg provides an explanation as to why wildfires have been growing in the western United States.
“A future without wildfire isn’t an option,” Hessburg says. “So, what kind of future do we want for our forests? The goal of his project is to share a vocabulary and increase the understanding and ability of ordinary citizens so that they can enter into local discussions and planning for a more certain future for public forest lands.” The recent fires in Northern California demonstrate that you can live in town and still be in danger from wildfires. Please watch a condensed version (approx. 15 minutes) of the presentation, a which is a TED Talk, called “Living Dangerously in the Era of Megafires.”
A bill that would destroy forest and wildlife protections has now moved to the U.S. Senate.
H.R. 2936, the deceptively named “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017,” on Nov. 1 passed the House of Representatives on a vote of 232-188.
The measure would expose millions of acres of protected roadless areas to destructive logging and road building, at the same time reallocate federal funding from environmental restoration to timber extraction.
Co-Sponsored by Greg Walden (opposed by Peter DeFazio), H.R. 2936 also would:
- Take aim at the heart of the Endangered Species Act by doing away with checks and balances that serve to bolster protection for listed species and check the destruction of their habitat.
- Sideswipe public involvement and oversight under the National Environmental Policy Act by creating an array of waivers of environmental review.
- Eliminate the opportunity for citizens to hold the government accountable in the courts.
- Place our national monuments in the crosshairs by overriding the designation of California and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
These forests and waters belong to all Americans, not just Big Timber! Help stop H.R. 2936 and save our natural heritage!