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ASC on Oregon Field Guide!

ASC Conservation Chair and former President Jim Fairchild talking about Swifts!

Stop privitization of the Elliot State Forest

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.

Request from Oregon League of Conservation Voters

"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 sale.

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 its young.

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 lands.

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 Statement procedures.

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. Portions of 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 Chairl

Proposal for a Benton County Agriculture and Wildlife Protection Plan 2017-2019

ASC Conservation

Conservation Links
Oregon Natural Desert Association
Defenders of Wildlife
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Migratory Connectivity Project
Oregon Wild
Center for Biological Diversity
American Bird Conservancy

Get the Facts on Your Elected Representatives:
Project Vote Smart /Center for National Independence in Politics
Voter Hotline: 1-888-VOTE-SMART
Oregon League Of Conservation Voters

How to contact state and federal officials and keep track of issues:
Oregon State Legislature
White House
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Oregon Department of Agriculture


How to contact your elected representatives:

White House:

President Donald J. Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Av
Washington, DC 20500
PH: (202) 456-1414
FAX:(202) 456-2461
president@whitehouse.gov

Vice-President Mike Pence
vice.president@whitehouse.gov

United States Senate:

US Senator Ron Wyden
516 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-5244
Portland Office:
1220 SW Third Ave #585
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 326-7525
www.senate.gov/~wyden/

US Senator Jeff Merkeley
404 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
PH:(202) 224-3753
FAX:(202) 228-3997
Portland Office
World Trade Center
121 S.W. Salmon ste. 1250
Portland, OR 97204
PH:(503) 326-3386
FAX:(503) 326-2900
www.senate.gov/~jmerkeley/

United States House of Representatives:

US Representative Kurt Schrader
Oregon District 5
Washington DC Office:
1130 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
PH:(202) 225-5711
FAX:(202) 225-5699
District Offices
494 State St #210
Salem, OR 97301
PH:(503) 588-9100
FAX:(503) 588-5517

US Representative Peter DeFazio
Oregon District 4
Washington, DC Office:
2134 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
PH:(202) 225-6416
(800) 944-9603
Eugene Office:
405 E.8th Ave#2030
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 465-6732
www.house.gov/defazio

Oregon Governor

Governor Kate Brown
160 State Capito
l900 Court St
Salem, OR 97301
PH: (503) 378-4582
FAX:(503) 378-6827
www.governor.state.or.us

Oregon State Representatives

Senator Bill Morrisette
Senate District 6900
Court St. NE. S-306
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1706
sen.billmorrisette@state.or.us
www.leg.state.or.us/morisette/

Senator Betsy Close
900 Court St. NE, S-303
Court St NE S-215
Salem, OR 97301
PH:(503-986-1708
sen.betsyclose@state.or.us
www.leg.state.or.us/close/

Senator Fred Girod
Senate District 9900
Court St NE S-211
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1709

Senator Jackie Winters
Senate District 10900
Court St NE S-212
Salem OR 97301
(503) 986-1710
sen.jackiewinters@state.or.us
www.leg.state.or.us/winters

Senator Brian Boquist
Senate District 12900
Court St NE, S-214Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1712
george.sen@state.or.us
www.leg.state.or.us/george

Oregon State House of Representatives:

Representative Andy Olson
Rep. District 15900
Court St.
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1870

Representative Sara Gelser
Rep. District 16900
Court St NE H-479
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1416
rep.saragelser@state.or.us
www.leg.state.or.us/gelser

State Representative Jim Thompson
Rep. District 23900
Court St NE H-277
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-1423
rep.jimthompson@state.or.us
www.leg.state.or.us/thompson

State Representative Mary Nolan
Rep. District 36
State Capitol
Salem, OR 97310
( 503) 986-1436

Corvallis Area

Mayor Biff Traber
PO Box 1083
Corvallis, OR 97339
(541) 766-6985

Corvallis City Council
PO Box 1083
Corvallis, OR 97339
PH: 766-649X where "X" is the ward number

Benton County CommissionersCommissioner Ann Schuster
Commissioner Anabelle Jaramillo
Commissioner Xan Augerot
408 SW Monroe Avenue, Suite 111
Corvallis, OR 97333

 
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