Category Archives: Oregon

SB 838 Alert

SB 838 imposes “a moratorium on any mining using any sort of motorized equipment to extract gold, silver or any other precious mineral from placer deposits of the beds of the waters of this state.” It appears that SB 838 will be rushed through to avoid the outrage and protest that SB 115 produced.

Here is a link to the bill.

Please contact the Senate Environmental and Natural Resources committee members and ask for a NO Vote on SB 838. Their e-mail addresses are listed below.

  1. Sen Jackie Dingfelder 503-986-1723
  2. Sen Alan Bates 503-986-1703
  3. Sen Alan Olsen 503-986-1720
  4. Sen Bill Hansell 503-986-1729
  5. Sen Mark Hass 503-986-1714

Monumental Land Grab

If you have not heard of the Siskiyou Crest National Monument you may be alarmed to know that it encompasses approximately ONE MILLION, TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND ACRES, half of which is right here in the Illinois Valley. There are roughly 1400 privately held parcels of land within the proposed monument. You, a family member or friend may be one of those who could lose your property by eminent domain.

This is only one of 17 recently proposed new monuments, locking up a total THIRTEEN MILLION acres, in addition to the approximately 120 monuments currently existing, that include over SEVENTY MILLION ACRES already.

Please take time and write your Commissioners, Representatives, Senators, Congressmen and even The White House in opposition to this monumental land grab.

If you would like further information regarding this type of land-grab or other natural resource use and conservation, please feel free to contact SORA, or attend one of our meetings, held every Monday at 7:30 AM at Elmer’s Restaurant, 175 NE Agness Ave, in Grants Pass.

Oppose New Monuments & Wilderness Areas

What: Creation of Monuments & Wilderness by Executive Order
Who: U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
When: Monday, January 31, 2011
10:30 AM
Where: Jackson County Courthouse
100 South Oakdale
Cost: Free

Greg Walden, our U.S. Congressman for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional Distict, will be holding a press conference on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse in Medford (100 South Oakdale) at 10:30am next Monday, January 31st.

Congressman Walden plans on introducing a bill to change the Antiquities Act, which currently contains provisions allowing the President the power to create a National Monument merely by signing an Executive Order (without any approval or input by either the House or or the Senate). The proposed bill would take this power away from any sitting president. If it passes the House of Representatives, the bill will go to the Senate for a vote.

The biggest concern to Southern Oregon and Northern California residents (and the people of America who use the public lands) is that Obama will create the Siskiyou Crest National Monument by the stroke of a pen in an Executive Order. He may be tempted to do this just as he leaves office (or anytime without public or congressional involvement since there is a large support from the environmental community who wishes to block up all Federal lands. All presidents desire to leave a legacy and creating the Siskiyou Crest National Monument would provide just the opportunity for President Obama’s legacy.

Please attend this press conference and show up with signs showing your objection to the creation of yet another monument, further restricting public access to and use of thousands of acres of public lands and eliminating yet more jobs and economical stability for the timber industry by eliminating timber harvest on even more public lands. This is our chance to let Greg Walden know that he has the public support in his effort to stop this unfair land grab in our area.

DEQ Takes Aim at Farmers

Urgent Action Alert from Oregon Farm Bureau:

What: Public Hearing for Proposed Water Quality Standards
When: Wednesday, February 2, @ 6:00 PM
Where: DEQ Medford Office
221 Stewart Ave., Suite 201
Farm Bureau contact: Jennifer Shmikler, 503-399-1701 ext. 308

Oregon DEQ is revising the water quality standards regulation. To justify raising water quality standards, DEQ is arbitrarily raising the Oregon “fish consumption rate” from 6 grams of fish per day to 175 grams per day! The new rate equates to two servings of fish per day, per person, for 365 days a year.

DEQ is proposing “Total Maximum Daily Loads” that will require designation of Best Management Practices for “nonpoint sources of pollution” (agriculture). DEQ seeks to enforce these proposed Best Management Practices, even if the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture will not. This will have a significant and costly impact on Oregon farmers and ranchers, which will ultimately impact consumer prices for all food grown in Oregon.

Concerned citizens should submit written comments and attend a public hearing to provide oral comments. There will be a public hearing in Medford on February 2. If you are able to attend, please contact Jennifer Shmikler at the Oregonm Farm Bureau office at 503-399-1701 ext. 308, or by e-mail at The Oregon Farm Bureau will host a conference call for all citizens interested in submitting comments.