The Big Decision We’ve All Been Waiting For

•May 12, 2009 • 2 Comments
Everyone needs to come and stand up for what they believe

Everyone needs to come and stand up for what they believe

There hasnt been a major change in the states Forest Management Plan since 2001. There will be a major change made on June 3rd. This will be a BIG Board of Forestry meeting in Salem, the legislature and the governor are both putting pressure on them to make a major plan revision. Salmon Anchor Habitats are on the table. They can be permanently protected or permanently lost. From the sounds of it, the board is leaning towards a drastic increase in timber harvest.

We cannot let this happen, these rivers and their salmon and steelhead runs are far too valuable to gamble away for a short term gain of timber revenues.  The poor economy is not an excuse to cut more. Timber prices are at rock bottom and that is more of a reason to leave trees standing and stop wasting our public forests.

This will be a fun rally for the whole family with fly casting in the creek, BBQ lunch and music on the lawn out front of the meeting building.

If you can bring your boat too. With the parking lot full of boats we will deliver a clear message about the economic impact that sportfishing has on rural Oregon.

Please join us, I will be arranging carpools to Salem. Shoot me a note if you are interested.

We need you to come and speak your mind or just show up in support of clean rivers, see you there!!!

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They are almost here!

•May 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Big bug time is just around the corner, something about salmon flies that are just freakin awesome. Here is a short video to get you fired up for some redsides on those big daddy dryflies.

Change in season

•May 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Well it is officially Spring. It has already been almost two weeks since I bid my fond farewell for the year to my last winter fish and my favorite mossy rivers of spring. It is nice to make that last trip of the year and know I will let those runs rest until next winter. My way of taking it all in and thanking the river for another amazing season full of experience. This year was maybe tougher than others  in the past, but I cant complain. I feel incredibly lucky for ALL the time I was able to spend on the water and I found some unbelievable fish while doing it.

It was perfect that on my last day of the season I found some fish but they all managed to elude me in some way, before I could bring them to hand. Almost as though to make me that much more anxious for what next winter may bring. Sometimes it is better to not win, it puts things in perspective for me. While out on the water we are the guest, and we are at the mercy of what the host will be so kind to grant us with.

mossy banks of a cascading clean water trib

Legal Update on Oregon’s State Forests………………. ………………..incase you were curious

•April 16, 2009 • 2 Comments

kingsmountainwestside

Please read this mornings editorial in the Oregonian:

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2009/04/oregons_state_forests_are_not.html

LOTS OF NEWS ABOUT THE STATE FORESTS!!!
TWO BILLS IN SALEM — COME AND TESTIFY — APRIL 21 at 8AM and 3PM

A VERY BAD BILL….APRIL 21 at 8AM
HOUSE BILL 3072 would change the purpose of the state forests to make the focus timber production.  The current law calls for the state forests to be managed for “healthy, productive, and sustainable forest ecosystems that over time and across the landscape provide a full range of social, economic, and environmental benefits to the people of Oregon.”   HB 3072 would be a disaster for the search for balanced forest management in Oregon.
HEARING SET:   TUESDAY, APRIL 21 at 8AM in front of the House Agriculture Committee.  And it looks like this bill will easily pass the committee with strong Democratic support.  We need to make our voices heard.  So come to the hearing if you can, or email key representatives…

SEND AN EMAIL TO…
Committee Chair  Clem:   rep.brianclem@state.or.us
House Speaker Hunt:  rep.davehunt@state.or.us
And Copy Committee Administrator Patrino:  beth.patrino@state.or.us
OR CALL Chair Clem…  503-986-1421

THE MESSAGE:  We ask that you oppose HB 3072.  The state forests should be managed for a broad and balanced mix of values.  Timber production should not have primacy over other values.
If you are someone who gets out in the forest, let them know what you love about the Tillamook and Clatsop.

A VERY GOOD BILL…APRIL 21 at 3PM
HOUSE BILL 3249 would give the Board of Forestry the power create natural resource conservation areas.  This bill is modeled after a similar law in Washington State, where DNR manages 2% of their land as formal preserves or conservation areas.  This bill is in the House Environment and Water Committee, and a key vote on that committee is likely Rep. Debbie Boone, representative of the North Coast.  Much of the state forest is in her district.  HB 3249 would add a valuable tool to the Board of Forestry’s toolkit.  The bill has no fiscal impact, because it creates no conservation areas; it simply gives the Board the power to act decisively for conservation.

HEARING SET:  TUESDAY, APRIL 21 at 3PM in front of the House Environment and Water Committee.  We need Representative Boone to support this bill — if you live in her district, it is really important that you contact her.

SEND AN EMAIL TO…
Committee Chair Cannon:  rep.bencannon@state.or.us
Representative Boone:  Boone.Rep@state.or.us
And Copy Committee Administrator Patrino:  beth.patrino@state.or.us

THE MESSAGE:  Support HB 3249.  The Board of Forestry should have the power to give a clear and long-term conservation focus to special places on state forests.  Some ODF staff have suggested that the Board might have such authority now, but it sure isn’t clear, and this would make it clear.

WILL THE BOARD OF FORESTRY WEIGH IN?
The Board is meeting to discuss HB 3072, and they could take a public position.  If you want to hear the call or give testimony, there will apparently be something set up at ODF headquarters in Salem at 10:30 on Monday.  See you there.

BOARD OF FORESTRY MEETING APRIL 24 in GRANTS PASS.
The Department will present a species of concern strategy to replace the draft HCP, but the new strategy was designed with a target for older forest far below the current target.  Today, 50% of the forest is heading for older forest (or at least it was 50%, see next item).  The new species of concern strategy is premised on 30% heading for older forest, thus opening the way for far more clear cutting.  JUNE 3 still looks like the big meeting for the scientific review that compares the current approach with the high-cut option.  Should be interesting.

STATE FORESTER REDUCES PROTECTED AREAS BY 50,000 ACRES
State Forester Marvin Brown tossed another 50,000 acres into the clear cut pool.  Why?  The counties want it, that’s why.  There was no scientific review of this reduction of environmental protections — not even a brief memo from the area biologist considering the effects.  (And this when timber prices are at the lowest level in decades, too!)

This science-free move hurts the Department of Forestry’s credibility and undermines the Board of Forestry’s attempt to be taken seriously on broader forest policy.  Forester Brown clearly has the authority to reduce the protections — he has now lowered the target for older forest to the lowest level allowed without a rule-making process.  But his authority aside, when he makes such a move without a scientific assessment of the effect on key species, the reputations of both the Board and the Department suffer.

GOVERNOR REMAINS SILENT
I guess the Governor has enough problems already, but the Board of Forestry sure could use his help right now fending off the chainsaws in the legislature.  Last legislative session the Gov. threatened to veto a bill that would have mandated a timber focus on the state forests, and the Gov. nudged the Board to consider whether to change the current plan.  Unfortunately, he then left the Board without a chairperson for a year, and he left two members serving for many months with expired terms.  Now that we finally have a full Board and a new chair, the Governor needs to tell the legislature to give the Board time to get it right.  The Board has requested a scientific review of various management options, and I think there may be a big decision in June or July (per above).

Together we can fight for and save what we live for

Together we can fight for and save what we live for


Tom McCall is turning over in his grave

•April 15, 2009 • 1 Comment

clean water in danger

“Stick to the plan” is all we are saying.

While President Obama promises us that “the best available science will lead environmental policy under his administration”, a handful of Oregon’s state and county politicians are attempting to circumvent science and double the harvest from our state forests, putting the future of wild salmon and steelhead at risk. At the center of the debate are the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests, known as “The Tillamook.” The Tillamook encompasses 518,000 acres and is the largest continuous unprotected tract of coastal temperate rain-forest left in the lower 48 states. It is among the most productive and least protected forestland in North America. The 810-square-mile-area, is larger than Crater Lake National Park and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area combined. Rainfall in excess of 150 inches per year feed the legendary salmon rivers of the Tillamook—the Nestucca, Trask, Wilson, Kilchis and Nehalem. These rivers are known for producing incredible sea-run fish, but populations have declined sharply in recent years. Some species are at serious risk, including spring chinook and chum salmon. But all of the Tillamook’s rivers still support sustaining runs of wild fall chinook and winter steelhead.

Oregon’s current Forest Management Plan (FMP), adopted in 2001, operates under the paradigm of managing the State Forests for their Greatest Permanent Value (GPV). Which allows for the “sustainable” harvest of up to 150 million board feet of timber per year from the Tillamook. In reality, harvest rates from 2002 to 2008 have bounced between 175 and 225 million board feet. Several county commissioners, backed by the timber industry, want more. The counties need more money to help pay for important public services and schools, and they see the Tillamook State Forest as their cash box. The timber industry wants to use the current economic crisis as a lever to ensure unbridled access to Oregon’s public forests.

Tim Josi, Tillamook County Commissioner and chair of the Forest Land Trust Advisory Committee, recently stated his belief that harvest levels should be raised to 300 million board feet, and together with some state legislators and the timber industry, is pushing a house bill (HB 3072) to force a dramatic increase of timber harvests from Oregon’s state forests. This bill would change the entire Forest Managment Plan to a maximum timber harvest. This is state forest owned by everyone , not a tree farm owned by the county. Im not going to get into the specifics of what this will do to our fisheries.

Forester managers disagree with the proposed increase. In fact, last November the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) recommended that logging be scaled back to 144 million board feet per year, explaining that coastal forests have proved to be less productive than had been expected.

Now is the time to act! Next Tuesday the 21st at 8am, there will be a hearing in the house of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Communities for HB 3072 (the cut it all bill) . We need to generate as many comments and get as many guides and fisherman into the hearing room as possible. They will allow public two minutes to comment.  This link for folks to submit comments to their State Rep. and Dave Hunt who is pushing for this blind sighted bill.

https://secure2.convio.net/sierra/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1981

Less than one week left to stop this at its first hearing!!! Let me know if you are interested in attending I would like to arrange some car-pools to Salem and let them know how we feel. I am taking the morning off to give them two minutes of my mind. I encourage you all to do the same.

Much thanks to all who are helping out with this and who care about Oregon’s future.

Extra super big thanks to Rob “the man” Russell.

FYI-This is who will be hearing the bill in the House of Rep’s:

Membership of the committee:
Brian Clem, Chair  (Salem)
Wayne Krieger, Vice-Chair  (OR South Coast)
Suzanne VanOrman, Vice-Chair  (Corbett to Hood River)
E. Terry Beyer (Springfield)
Vic Gilliam (Molalla)
Arnie Roblan (Coos Bay)
Mike Schaufler (happy Valley)
Matt Wingard (Wilsonville)

Staffing:
Beth Patrino

Leadership Contacts:
David Hunt (Gladstone-Oregon City)
Mary Nolan (SW Portland)
Brian Clem (Chair)
Arnie Roblan (past Chair)

RedGold at the Bagdad!

•April 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Red Gold

If you havent seen it yet, you better not miss this opportunity. If you have seen it, you know how awesome it is and you will tell all of your friends to join you in the awesomness……with pizza and beer as well.

Bagdad Theater -3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd,  PDX, OR

Thursday April 16th – Doors 5:30 – Show 6:30 – $3

Hope to see you all there!!!

Why aren’t our state forests popular tourist destinations?

•March 26, 2009 • 3 Comments
Seems to me the forest has shrank a bit

Seems to me the forest has shrank a bit