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Photographs of Biodiversity and Extinction

24 Jun

by the EF! Journal Collective

Joel Sartore is a photographer, educator and chronicler of the extinction crisis. Three of his recent collections describe, through vivid images, what we are losing, at a rate of 100 species every day. These are visual reminders of what is at stake if we fail to act. Please take a moment to check out these galleries.

Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species 

The Biodiversity Project

Vanishing: Amphibian Extinction

Captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in a clearcut near Merlin, Oregon. Habitat loss and climate change are the two primary factors leading to the extinction of species. (US: Threatened) (Image ID: ESA001-00037)


Cascadia: Grizzly Peak Timber Sales Protested

3 Feb

Forest stands in the Little Butte Creek watershed

By Sam Wheeler / Ashland Daily Tidings

Four environmental groups are protesting the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s plan to harvest about 2.5 million board feet of timber from the slopes of Grizzly Peak and throughout the Little Butte Creek watershed.

Their primary concerns with the Rio Climax timber sales are the construction of new roads and harvesting of some trees larger than 30 inches in diameter, said George Sexton, conservation director for the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center.

“Eighty percent of the plan, everyone sees eye-to-eye on,” said Sexton. “We can live with some of the small-diameter thinning, but not with the 30 inches in diameter. We asked them to back off that, and the BLM couldn’t even come that far.”

KS Wild and Rogue Riverkeeper, both of Ashland, and Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild, both of Eugene, filed an administrative protest against the Rio Climax Forest Management Project and the BLM’s findings that no significant environmental impact would arise from the logging.

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Call to Defend Old Growth Forests in Eastern Oregon

13 May

Northern Spotted owl in Deschutes National Forests

An Action Alert from the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project (BMBP) is asking people to help stop the Forest Service from moving forward on the 5 Buttes timber sale in Deschutes National Forest. At stake are over 3,000 acres of Northern Spotted owl habitat suitable for nesting, roosting and foraging. The Forest Service admits that the area would no longer be suitable habitat after the sale, which has no size limit for logging. The diverse forest includes old growth Sugar pine, Shasta Red fir, Grand fir, White pine, Ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir. While representatives of the Forest Service from the Crescent Ranger District claim the 5 Buttes sale is scheduled for later in the year, BMBP (a group which has been surveying timber sales in Eastern Oregon for 20 years) believes that the sale could begin destroying the area at any time.

View across Davis Lake, which is adjacent to the 5 Buttes timber sale

Oregon is home to some of this country’s last remaining old growth, native forests. Tell the Forest Service to cancel the 5 Buttes sale now.

You can call the Deschutes Forest Supervisor and tell ’em how you feel at (541) 383-5300. And if that isn’t satisfying, call the people responsible for managing the sale at the Crescent Ranger District (541) 433-3200.

And if that don’t do it, get ready to strap on your climbing harnesses…