Category Archives: Timber

BLM “Community Listening Session” for Western Oregon Resource Management Plans

The BLM is hosting what they refer to as a “Community Listening Session” to talk about some of the key issues facing western Oregon’s land management project. (See press release here.)

The BLM is required by law to get public input on their Resource Management Plans (RMP). The purpose of this session is to get public input on key issues like timber production and forest management, endangered species conservation and recovery, protection of older forests, and providing clean water. They’re also going to update us on the RMP project team’s analysis of the current management situation and opportunities in Western Oregon and the planning criteria and guidance they’ve established for developing preliminary alternatives.

The environmentalists are well organized and will be there in force presenting the preservationist point of view, so it’s vitally important to have as many people there as possible representing resource industries and pro-resource utilization perspectives.

The “Listening Session” will be on Tuesday, December 10, from 4:00-7:00 PM, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Padgham Pavillion, at 1 Penninger Rd in Central Point. Please plan to be there and bring as many people with you as you can.

They’re requesting people to RSVP to reserve a space. RSVP to blm_or_rmps_westernoregon@blm.gov, with the Subject line “Medford Meeting RSVP” and include your name and address in the body of the e-mail.

    What: Public Input on BLM’s new Resource Management Plan
    When: Tuesday, December 10
    4:00-7:00 PM
    Where: Jackson County Fairgrounds
    Padgham Pavillion
    1 Penninger Rd, Central Point
    RSVP blm_or_rmps_westernoregon@blm.gov

Federal District Court Rules BLM Must Sell Timber

In a landmark ruling on a lawsuit brought by SWANSON GROUP MFG. LLC, et al. vs. Ken Salazar, et al, on June 26, the United States District Court ruled that The BLM must sell the annual sustained yield capacity of timber in the Medford and Roseburg districts, and cannot use the flawed Owl Estimation Methodology as an excuse for not making the timber sales.

O&Csuit_order

ORDERED that defendant Ken Salazar and/or his successors shall sell or offer for sale the declared annual sustained yield capacity of timber for the Medford and Roseburg districts for each year; it is further
ORDERED that the Owl Estimation Methodology is set aside and shall not be used by defendants Ken Salazar, Tom Vilsack, and/or their successors unless and until the methodology is submitted to the rulemaking procedures of 5 U.S.C. § 553;

This is great news for the timber industry and the O&C Counties! It will undoubtedly be appealed, and it may take some years before we actually see increased timber harvests, but this is an important milestone that reverses the direction in which we’ve been travelling for the last 20 years, and puts us back on the road to recovery.

This may well be the first nail in the coffin of the Northwest Forest Plan!

This is a VICTORY to CELEBRATE!

Doc Hasting’s response to State of the Union

The following is House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings’ respondse to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“During tonight’s State of the Union address, the President once again spoke about job creation and economic growth, but continued to ignore the economic opportunities that exist through energy production on federal lands and the responsible management of our Nation’s natural resources. Tonight’s speech was further indication that during his second term, President Obama will ensure his Administration is more aggressive in its unilateral pursuit of new regulations and policies that will impede economic recovery. By circumventing Congress through administrative fiat, the Obama Administration has the ability to lock up large swaths of public land from multiple use economic activity, slow federal energy production even further, and impose burdensome new layers of red tape that will destroy job creation potential for millions of American’s still looking for work.

“The President may continue to talk about the need for all-of-the-above energy, but we have learned over the last four years that actions speak louder than words. The Obama Administration has closed off millions of acres of public lands and waters to American energy production, offered the fewest offshore lease sales in the history of the program, and caused energy production on federal lands to significantly decline. Meanwhile, the private sector and individual states—not President Obama and the federal government—can take credit for America’s recent increase in oil and natural gas production. It’s simply difficult to take President Obama seriously when he talks about job creation while flatly ignoring one of America’s largest potentials for job creation.”

BLM Seeks Public Comment

The BLM is initiating a new Resource Management Plan revision to replace the WOPR. This plan revision will provide goals, objectives, and direction for the management of all BLM-administered lands in western Oregon. They’re hosting a series of public meetings around the state over the next three weeks to get feedback on the new plan revisions. We need to show up for this one!

    What: BLM Public Meeting on new Resource Management Plan
    When: Thursday, May 17
    5:30-7:00 PM
    Where: Grants Pass Interagency Office
    2164 NE Spalding Ave.

The revisions to the existing RMPs will determine how the BLM will manage BLM-administered lands in western Oregon to further the recovery of threatened and endangered species, to provide clean water, to restore fire adapted ecosystems, to produce a sustained yield of timber products, and provide for recreation opportunities. The BLM is preparing new RMPs in order to address: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery plan and proposed critical habitat designations for the Northern Spotted Owl; new scientific information related to forest health and resiliency; and the socio-economic needs of western Oregon communities.

The BLM is seeking feedback from the public on the following questions:

  • What is the appropriate scale and scope of the plan?
  • What new or innovative ideas should the BLM consider in this planning process?
  • How can the BLM provide habitat for fish and wildlife and contribute to the recovery Endangered Species Act listed species?
  • How should the BLM manage forests to protect property and ensure our forests are fire resilient?
  • How should BLM-administered lands be managed to contribute to clean water and safe drinking water?
  • What types of recreation opportunities should there be more of or less of on BLM lands?
  • How can BLM lands contribute to local economies and support local communities?

Written comments may be submitted until July 5, 2012, by the following methods:

Website: www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon
E-mail: BLM_OR_RMPs_WesternOregon@blm.gov
FAX: (503) 808-6333
Mail: BLM, P.O. Box 2965, Portland, Oregon 97208

Give Input on Wilderness Expansion Bill

The legislative hearing of HR 3436, the Rogue Wilderness Expansion Act, took place in the Congressional subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands on March 8. (Watch video here.) The record will be open until March 18. If you want to make a comment for the record, you can do so by e-mail to Nancy.Locke@mail.house.gov.

You can also contact the Republican members of the House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, using the contact information below, and let them know that you live in the county that would be most impacted by the Rogue Wildereness Expansion, and that our Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution opposing it.

Mark Amodei (R, NV)
125 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6155
Fax: (202) 225-5679
Paul Broun (R-GA)
325 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4101
Fax: (202) 226-0776
Mike Coffman (R, CO)
1222 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7882
Fax: (202) 226-4623
John Duncan (R-TN)
2207 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5435
Fax: (202) 225-6440
Raul Labrador (R-ID)
1523 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6611
Fax: (202) 225-3029
Doug Lamborn (R, CO)
437 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4422
Fax: (202) 226-2638
Tom McClintock (R, CA)
428 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2511
Fax: (202) 225-5444
Kristi Noem (R, SD)
226 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2801
Fax: (202) 225-5823
David Rivera (R, FL)
417 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2778
Fax: (202) 226-0346
Scott Tipton (R, CO)
218 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4761
Fax: (202) 226-9669
Donald Young (R, AK)
2314 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5765
Fax: (202) 225-0425
Doc Hastings (R, WA)
1203 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-5816
Fax:(202) 225-3251

BCC Votes on Wilderness Expansion Resolution

What: BCC Vote on Wilderness Expansion Resolution
When: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
9:00 AM
Where: Anne Basker Auditorium
604 NW 6 St, Grants Pass

On February 1, SORA made a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners on the proposed expansion of the Wild Rogue Wilderness, and requested the BCC to pass a resolution opposing any further wilderness expansion in our county.

BCC Chair Simon Hare wanted to wait until the BCC had heard the other side before taking a vote on whether to pass the resolution.

This Wednesday, March 7, at 9:00 AM, the environmentalists are going to make a presentation to the BCC, titled Protecting the Wild Rogue for Future Generations and the Economy. Immediately following the presentation, the BCC will vote on whether to pass the resolution opposing Wilderness expansion.

We need to make a strong showing in opposition to the Wilderenss expansion. The environmental activists are going to try to pack the house with Wilderness advocates. Please be there, if at all possible.

Opening on Natural Resource Coordinating Committee

IMPORTANT!  There's an opening for a representative from the agricultural community on the Natural Resource Coordinating Committee.

Federal law requires the BLM and Forest Service to coordinate with local government on any decisions affecting federal land in the local region, providing that the local government has an established Natural Resources plan.

This is the committe that is drafting that plan for Josephine County. Once the plan is in place, federal agencies must comply with the plan and coordinate with the county on any decisions affecting public land within our county.

In the current makeup of the committee, the preservationists slightly outnumber those who advocate the responsible utilization of our natural resources. This opening gives us an opportunity to bring more balance to the committee, and prevent our county coordination plan from being slanted toward preservationism.

If you're concerned about losing the rights to use our pubic natural resources in Josephine County, and want to have a real impact on the future of our county, please apply for this postiion!

The application is available online in either MS Word or PDF format.

Print the application, fill it out, and drop it off at the Commissioners’ office at the County Courthouse on 6th St between A & B Sts.

The deadline is June 23, so don’t put it off. Please apply NOW.

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
Medford
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.