ASC on Oregon Field Guide! ASC Conservation Chair and former President Jim Fairchild talking about Swifts!
Stop privitization of the Elliot State Forest
Please read this letter written by the ASC's Conservation Chair, Jim Fairchild. It can be used as a template for your conversations on the Elliot State Forest issues.
"We've come to you before asking for your help to save the Elliott State
Forest, but today we need you more than ever. This is the moment we've been
dreading - a proposal has come in from a timber company to buy the Elliott.
If the State Land Board approves the sale, which they are likely to, it will
almost certainly mean clear-cutting in this special place, our place.
Please CONTACT the State Land Board right now and urge them not to approve the
In the wake of the national election and the looming Trump administration,
it is more important now than ever that states take the lead on progressive
issues when and where we can. Trump has been an enemy of our strong
environmental protections. Now is the time to get tough here at home and
show that environmental values are Oregon values.
The Elliott State Forest is home to incredible old growth stands, cold
streams that support native salmon runs, and threatened species including
the marbled murrelet - the only seabird to nest in the branches of the
Elliott's huge trees, flying daily up to 35 miles to the coast to fish for
Because this is the only proposal, the Department of State Lands could
approve the sale any day now. If they do not, the State Land Board is likely
to vote in favor of the sale mid-December. The Department of State Lands and
the State Land Board need to know immediately that the environmental
community strongly opposes privatizing the Elliott.
The lead participant of the plan is a Washington corporation headquartered
in Oregon. Please, don't let the Lone Rock Timber Management Company
clear-cut our trees and privatize one of our most beautiful places to visit.
Please email the members of the State Land Board right now and tell them not
to move forward with this sale. As always, remember that personalizing your
message makes it even more powerful.
The Elliott needs your help now while this deal can still be undone!"
SUMMER CONSERVATION UPDATES
Klamath Basin: Chapter comment on Refuge Comprehensive
Plan. As this issue goes to press, our Chapter is signing on to
comments by a coalition of Audubon Chapters and Oregon
Wild, stressing that water be provided to the Basin refuges, and
consistent with statutory priorities for migratory wildlife and
our international treaty obligations. Even within Kuchel Act requirements,
we believe the USFWS and Bureau of Reclamation
can and should require that farming activities contribute to the
local economy without diminishing wildlife values on refuge
Western Oregon BLM Forests: Resource Management Plan
Revision. Administrative protest and potential legal chal
by ASC has been denied, as comments received during BLM “listeninglenge
sessions” are not honored under Environmental Impact
However, through other conservation groups, we have been
able to advance specific concerns about increased habitat
fragmentation and risk to the integrity of the federal Northwest
Forest Plan, specifically in the Oregon Coast Range for at-risk
species like Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet, Red Tree
Vole, and Coastal Pacific (American) Marten.
Elliott State Forest: Valuation and Potential Sale.
this Coos and Douglas County native forest land remain intact
largely due to federal Endangered Species protections, but its
transfer to private ownership will substantially lessen those
protections. Conservationists have appealed privatization, and
support continued public ownership with appropriate management
of the balance of second-growth forest plantations in order
to meet Common School Fund requirements. The appraised
value of the current Elliot Forest is $220.8 million.
Protections from Lead: Our Water, Their Food
Across the United States, the sudden realization that water-borne
lead continues to contaminate human drinking
water sources has reached a fever pitch. Paint-borne lead has
had this attention for decades. Strangely, the hazard from lead
exposure from ammunition in human food is recognized in only
a few states. It is past time that Oregon regulates the use of
lead ammunition in hunting, both to protect hunting families,
birds of prey, and scavengers from unnecessary exposure, and
to protect the landscape from the concentration of lead as a
contaminant at shooting ranges.
Restoring Malheur NWR: Scientists Needed.
The January occupation not only forced refuge closure to
birding visitors, but also precipitated the postponement of
important work on carp control, and on the recovery of both
collected and intact artifacts. One certainly can’t blame scientists
to seek work elsewhere, when their work might be again
be disrupted by the militancy that continues in the area, albeit at a lower level.
Albany Swift Roost: Neighborhood Review.
As this issue goes to press, Albany city staff will meet with
neighbors regarding a planned swift roost. If acceptable, erection
of this roost tower will go forward immediately, perhaps
in time for fall migration, usually in early September. Come to
Swanson Park to see if swifts find these suitable lodgings!
Jim Fairchild, Conservation Committee Chair