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September news from the CFC

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Protect YOUR Public Lands

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]Last Saturday, Sept. 24, was National Public Lands Day. Our Executive Director Matt Little spent the weekend near the Eagle Cap Wilderness and shot this short video about an urgent issue affecting us all – an attempt by lawmakers to hand off your public lands to state agencies that can then sell them to developers. Click here or here to tell Congress you don’t support these actions, and watch the video below.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”35px”][vc_single_image image=”1957″ img_size=”large” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” qode_css_animation=”” link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TZ1WnuALB8″][vc_empty_space height=”35px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Another Successful Summer With Our Volunteers

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]We’ve had a great field season with many new volunteers joining for citizen science and restoration projects. Our work has been used for everything from road restoration to timber harvest proposals to invasive species treatment plans. There are two remaining trips this year: a post-fire seeding trip this weekend at Mount Adams and a wildlife camera survey trip on October 16th, which will also take place near Mount Adams. The seeding trip is all filled up but there are a couple open spaces for the wildlife survey trip. Send us a message if you’d like to join.
We’d also like to give a big thank you to Keen Footwear for supporting our citizen science program! Thanks, Keen![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_single_image image=”1958″ img_size=”medium” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” qode_css_animation=”” link=”http://www.keenfootwear.com”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]

Auction and Banquet November 3!

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]We are gearing up for our biggest event of the year, our annual auction and banquet! Columbia Sportswear is graciously hosting us on November 3 at their flagship store in downtown Portland. Anxious about the election on Nov. 8? Come cool your nerves with us: we’ll have a delicious catered dinner, open bar and fantastic deals at our auction. Items include outdoor gear, vacation packages, theater and sports tickets, cabin retreats, paintings by local artists, and more. Click here to get more details and reserve your spot.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”1959,1960,1961,1962″ img_size=”small”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text]

Silver Creek Timber Sale Update

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]This summer, the CFC challenged the Silver Creek timber sale proposed by the Forest Service due to our concerns about 176 acres of regeneration harvest (similar to clear cutting), including portions in northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet habitat.
The CFC actively participates in two collaborative groups in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest where we engage with community members and Forest Service staff early on in the planning process. Working with the collaboratives, the CFC advocated for larger riparian buffers in the Silver Creek sale to protect riparian areas, including listed fish habitat. Cutting too close to streams, in an area with unstable soils, would risk increasing sedimentation in fish habitat. Our collaborative efforts paid off when the proposed project included sufficient no-cut buffers to protect riparian areas.
Despite these positive changes, the proposed project did not go far enough to protect older forest and wildlife habitat. The project still proposed extensive regeneration harvest on 176 acres that would reduce canopy cover to 15% or less and have short-term impacts that mimic clear-cutting. The justification for this harmful practice is that it would create habitat for early seral species, like deer and elk; but these claims were not backed up by the agency’s own analysis.
One unit proposed for regeneration harvest in this sale contains an approximately 95-year-old, naturally regenerated forest that provides the large trees necessary for the endangered northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet. CFC encouraged the Forest Service to eliminate this unit from harvest in our formal objection because this older, diverse forest provides habitat for endangered and rare wildlife species. We are continuing to work with the Forest Service to make improvements to this sale before it is approved, to safeguard our wildlife, forests and rivers.
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