March 2019 Newsletter

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Protect Clean Water and Fish in Washington
Washington lags behind neighboring states in protecting our waters from the harmful impacts of suction dredge mining. However, the Washington State Legislature is currently considering SB 5322, which would ban suction dredge mining in critical habitat and provide Washington Department of Ecology oversight for Clean Water Act compliance for suction dredge mining.
Your help is needed, please contact your Washington State representatives and urge them to enact common sense protections for native fish populations and clean water by voting YES on SB 5322.
Suction Dredge Plume Upper AmericanThroughout the Gifford Pinchot National Forest there is a network of rivers and streams that provide clean water for communities, fish habitat, and recreation. The Wind, Cispus, Lewis, White Salmon, and the other seemingly endless rivers and tributaries inescapably intertwine clean water with the health of the forest. Clean water is also the foundation of healthy salmon populations. Each year hundreds of millions are spent in an effort to rehabilitate salmonid populations through projects that restore habitat, improve stream shading, and remove barriers to fish passage. Suction dredge mining can undo these efforts in an instant.
Read the full blog here: https://cascadeforest.org/protect-clean-water-and-fish-in-washington/

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April is Riparian Planting Month!
In partnership with the US Forest Service, CFC is continuing to embark on riparian restoration throughout the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. With the help of volunteers, we planted over 2,500 cottonwoods, willows, western redcedars, and Douglas-firs over the past two years. The trees were planted along riparian areas that were lacking trees, lacking tree diversity, and/or had unstable banks. Trees were also planted as forage in areas that could be future habitat to the beavers we release as a part of our Beaver Reineoduction Project. This year, we hope to get our the number of trees planted well in the thousands.
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For this year’s planting efforts, CFC will be leading three trips to the national forest in April. April is an ideal time to plant because the ground is saturated from melting snow and there will be many days of rain. The wet conditions will help the trees settle into the ground after they are planted.Our first trip will be an overnight trip from April 13th-14th where we will plant native trees along Trout Creek, a tributary of Wind River. Trout Creek is home to the threatened salmon species, Lower Columbia River Steelhead. Ten years ago, Hemlock Dam was removed from the creek to improve passage for the threatened steelhead and to enhance aquatic conditions. Now CFC and volunteers are going to help further restore the area by planting hundreds of seedlings. On April 20th, in honor of Earth Day, a one-day planting trip will occur in the Cipsus River Valley to continue our planting work along Yellowjacket Creek and North Fork Cispus. On April 27th, we are partnering with Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group to plant along the South Fork Toutle River to help them with their goal of extending the range of usable habitat for Chinook as well as diversify existing steelhead and coho habitat.
Please consider joining us for a planting trip in April! You can head to
https://cascadeforest.org/trip-signup/ to sign up for a trip!

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Join us for a night of inspiring short films about adventure, nature and conservation! On May 4 we will be screening the “Best of the Fest” – nine of the most impressive short films from the 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The event will take place at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, on May 4, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Tickets are just $15 (please purchase in advance at our website) and you can take a look at synopses of the films here: https://cascadeforest.org/get-involved/wild-scenic-film-festival/
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Before the screening there will be a short reception with food and drink, and a raffle. See you there!

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January 2019 Newsletter

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CFC Leadership Transition Announcement

Dear Friends,
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After leading more than four years of growth at the Cascade Forest Conservancy (CFC), I will soon take on a new role at Social Venture Partners Portland, a local nonprofit that builds the capacity of other nonprofits by investing human, social, and financial capital. In February, CFC will begin a hiring process to find a new executive director, and I will remain highly involved throughout the transition.
When I joined the Gifford Pinchot Task Force in 2014, I became part of a growing movement to conserve the beautiful and unique resources of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. We set off to create a new strategic plan based on science and focused on addressing climate change, watershed health, and connecting people to nature. We developed a new name and brand for our group, and people responded. Today we are the Cascade Forest Conservancy, with more than 12,000 members and volunteers. Since 2014, our organization has doubled in size, and we have a solid team of professionals on our staff and board. We have launched bold new conservation programs and established new standards for sustainable timber management, water quality, and wildlife health.
Thank you for your help in making all this possible. It has been an honor to work with you and the CFC team. Please continue to support us as we approach this next stage of growth for Cascade Forest Conservancy!
Matt Little
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A note from CFC’s Board of Directors:
On behalf of the board of the Cascade Forest Conservancy, we want to thank Matt for his great success in taking our organization to new heights and helping us to bring in so many new members, donors, and volunteers like you. We are sad to see Matt go, but know that his talents and heart for service will be used for the greater good in the region. We wish him all the best.
Matt will continue to stay involved with day-to-day operations at CFC as Executive Director while the Board of Directors initiates a nationwide search for his replacement. Matt has graciously agreed to play a dual role for SVP and CFC during this transition period, and will work closely with the new hire to provide training and a smooth handoff of responsibilities.
Be assured that all CFC programs will continue to operate and grow as planned in our strategic plan (available online at https://cascadeforest.org/about-us/strategy/). CFC will continue offering amazing events and opportunities for you to engage with us during this upcoming field season.
We appreciate your continued support of CFC as we implement our mission to “protect and sustain forests, streams, wildlife, and communities in the heart of the Cascades through conservation, education, and advocacy.”
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Protecting Mount St Helens

Mount St. Helens and the surrounding areas impacted by the 1980 eruption are a Pacific Northwest icon. The impact of the eruption, and the recolonization of plants and animals in the decades since, has created a unique environment that is treasured throughout the world. Since our founding in 1985, Cascade Forest Conservancy has worked to protect the Mount St. Helens region from activities that would harm this irreplaceable landscape. Currently, our work near Mount St. Helens involves continuing to fight a hardrock mining proposal on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Border, and opposing an administrative road across the heart of the Pumice Plain.
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2018 ended with some disappointing decisions from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management on these projects. In November the Forest Service released a draft decision notice authorizing an administrative access route across the Pumice Plain. This route would drastically impact the ecology and scientific research on the Pumice Plain. Cascade Forest Conservancy, researchers, and concerned citizens submitted objection letters to the Forest Service during the objection period, which ended on December 21. We are now waiting for the Forest Service to respond to our objections, which may be delayed due to the federal government shutdown.
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In December the Bureau of Land Management granted Ascot Resources permits to conduct exploratory drilling in the Green River valley, at the edge of the Mount St. Helens blast zone. These permits are the final action by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to allow exploratory drilling by Ascot to search for copper, gold, and molybdenum. CFC is concerned with exploratory drilling in the Green River valley because the 24/7 drilling and associated road closures would negatively impact recreation in this backcountry area. Exploratory drilling is also the first step toward developing a hard rock mine, which would be catastrophic for the water quality of the Green River and surrounding valley. We will continue to oppose the exploratory drilling permits and urge our representatives in Congress to take action to protect the Green River valley from mining.Mount St. Helens: No Place for a Mine: https://cascadeforest.org/stop-the-mine/
To learn more about our work to protect the Pumice Plain, read this blog: https://cascadeforest.org/protecting-the-unique-environment-of-mount-st-helens/

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2019 Trip Update!

Stay tuned for our 2019 volunteer trip list, coming out in February!
Learn more about our citizen science program here: https://cascadeforest.org/our-work/citizen-science/
 
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Join the CFC Canvass!

CFC is still looking for dedicated, outgoing canvassers to join their Portland-based team!  If you love CFC, and making a difference, why not join us?  Evening shifts available.  To learn more, read the full job description here: https://cascadeforest.org/get-involved/employment/[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

October 2018 Newsletter

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Thank You to Our Volunteers!

Thanks to our awesome volunteers, we had a great year of conservation trips in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest! We led a number of beaver habitat surveys, collected seeds for post-fire restoration projects, did some riparian planting, measured huckleberry regrowth in treatment areas, and explored areas slated for timber harvest. We wouldn’t have accomplished half as much without the dedicated volunteers who help make it happen. We’d like to thank everyone who joined for trips this year. Your involvement makes a huge difference for our organization.
So far we’ve had 120 adult volunteers and 215 students join for trips in 2018, and we still have a few more trips planned for the year—a riparian planting trip and three Young Friends of the Forest trips. As we wrap up a great field season and gear up for planning another, we are feeling extremely grateful for everyone who has made it their mission to actively participate in the stewardship of this wonderful landscape of the southern Washington Cascades.

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CFC‘s Banquet and Auction Recap

CFC‘s annual Banquet and Auction on October 4 was a rousing success! We had a great night celebrating with our friends and supporters, and raised more money than ever before for our conservation programs. You can take a look at some photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ji7MXbbRjyG9WkVs8
A special thanks goes out to our sponsors below, and especially to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for being our premier sponsor. At our event, we highlighted CFC‘s Young Friends of the Forest Program, which brings over 200 middle and high school students each year on science and restoration trips to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. We’re grateful to everyone who attended for supporting this and many other projects in Washington’s South Cascades.
2018 Auction and Banquet Sponsors:
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Volunteer of the Year – Bob Robison!

Bob Robison was recognized as our Volunteer of the Year for 2018! Bob has been volunteering with CFC for over 3 years. This year he went on over half our trips and went out on his own multiple times to work on our beaver habitat surveys. Needless to say, Bob has worked on almost all of our projects. He’s able to help teach new volunteers the tricks of the trade, easily making him an invaluable person to have in the field with us. Thanks for all you do for CFC Bob!

  Fieldwork Coordinator Amanda Keasberry and VOTY Bob Robison

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Comments on Marbled Murrelet Long-Term Conservation Strategy due November 6

Marbled murrelets are seabirds about the size of a robin, related to puffins, and some might say they are similar in shape to a potato. A majority of their lives are spent out at sea, where they feed on small fish and crustaceans. The nesting behavior of marbled murrelets was a mystery until 1974 when the first nest was discovered. These birds do not build a nest, but instead lay one egg on a mossy limb of an old growth conifer.

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To provide suitable nesting habitat for marbled murrelets, trees need to have old growth characteristics such as large, mossy branches and other deformities that can be used as nesting platforms. Generally it takes forests at least 100 years to develop these characteristics. While raising chicks, murrelets must return to the sea nightly to forage for food, therefore mature forests must also be located within 55 miles of marine waters to be suitable as nesting habitat. This unique nesting behavior inescapably binds the fate of marbled murrelets with the fate of mature and old growth forests.What is the Long Term Conservation Strategy and why is it important for marbled murrelets?
Read more in our blog, here: https://cascadeforest.org/comments-on-marbled-murrelet-long-term-conservation-strategy-due-november-6/

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Join the CFC Canvass!

CFC is still looking for dedicated, outgoing canvassers to join their Portland-based team!  If you love CFC, and making a difference, why not join us?  Evening shifts available.  To learn more, read the full job description here: https://cascadeforest.org/get-involved/employment/

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Happy Halloween from CFC!

In the spirit of the season, we want to remind you of what you can do to help our furry flying friend, the bat!  White-Nose Syndrome is a serious and deadly disease killing millions of bats across the country.  Bats get a bad wrap for being nocturnal creatures that creep around in dark caves, and are largely associated with vampires in popular culture and mythical lore.  However, bats are actually extremely useful to humans!  They are master pollinators of some of our favorite foods, eat many of the bugs that ‘bug’ us outdoors, and can even benefit our health!  According to the National Wildlife Federation, bat saliva has been used to develop drugs that help stroke victims.
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We can help protect our bat friends by building bat houses to give them a safe place to live, but also by learning about deadly White-Nose Syndrome and what we can do to stop it’s spread.  The Forest Service has a great guide where you can learn more: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/home/?cid=FSEPRD501165

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August 2018 Newsletter

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Join us at our biggest event of the year! All proceeds from our auction and banquet go to CFC’s conservation, education and advocacy programs. Get your tickets here: https://cascadeforest.org/get-involved/2018-banquet

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CFC’s Partnership with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe
The Cascade Forest Conservancy (CFC) has grown a special partnership with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe (CIT) on a number of important projects. The Tribe has been a partner of ours for many years, collaborating in the field as well as on natural resources policy issues, but now we are rolling up our sleeves for several on-the-ground restoration projects. Most recently, the Cowlitz Tribe has been a key partner on our beaver reintroduction efforts, and a sub-grantee of a CFC Wildlife Conservation Society grant. This exciting collaboration is a major, landscape-scale restoration project in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that grew out of our 2016 Wildlife and Climate Resilience Guidebook. To date, CIT has collaborated with us on many pivotal aspects of the project – joining us on beaver habitat surveys, forming agreements with wildlife trapping companies to gather the beaver, and creating holding facilities to keep the beaver comfortable until they can be relocated.

Read the full blog post here: https://cascadeforest.org/cfcs-partnership-with-the-cowlitz-indian-tribe/

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Green River Valley Trip Report

 

It takes roughly three hours to drive to the Green River valley near Mount St. Helens from Portland, and the road is only accessible from late summer through early fall each year. The remote nature of this landscape is part of what makes it such an incredible place for recreation. Visitors to this area can hike, camp, bike, ride horses, and hunt, and rarely come into contact with more than a few people. Listening to this landscape reveals water bubbling down the Green River, rustling trees, birds, and other natural sounds. Potentially more notable, is what is often not heard in this valley surrounded by large roadless areas – cars and other human-caused noises. As population throughout the region continues to grow, and more people learn the joy of experiencing public lands, it becomes increasingly important to protect areas that provide a remote recreation experience. Allowing exploratory drilling in the Green River valley would mean one less place for people to enjoy solitude and the sounds of nature.

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In July and August we visited the valley with our partners at Earthrise Law Center and concerned citizens. During these trips we visited the sites that would be most impacted by the mining proposal such as the Green River Horse Camp, the Green River trail, and Goat Mountain trail. Summer is a fantastic time to wade in the cool, clean waters of the Green River and acknowledge the essential habitat it provides for wild steelhead further downstream. We were not alone in enjoying the Green River valley, as the trails are becoming increasingly popular with hikers and mountain bikers experiencing the mosaic landscape at the edge of Mount St. Helens blast-zone. We came across evidence of bears, elk, woodpeckers, and other wildlife as we hiked the Green River trail through dense forest to blast-zone meadows with standing dead trees. Each trip to the Green River valley creates unique memories in a landscape that drastically changes throughout the seasons and years, and further underscores that this place should be protected from mining exploration and development.

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This weekend we will be out in the forests near Mount Adams collecting native seeds with volunteers as part of the multi-year effort to restore post-fire areas that were severely impacted by successive, high-intensity fires between 2008 and 2015. These seeds collected this weekend will be used for future seeding trips. Our trip will start with a training at the Mount Adams Ranger District office where the local Forest Service botanist will train volunteers on plant identification for target species and seed collection techniques.
Without active restoration, many native species are unlikely to re-colonize the area in the near future (or perhaps for decades), which will negatively impact local wildlife, decrease overall ecosystem resilience. This can also increase the establishment and spread of non-native invasive species. Reintroducing a diverse set of native plant species will improve the resilience of local wildlife and ecosystems and will create habitat for pollinators, birds, mammals, and other vegetation.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Year 2 of Huckleberry Monitoring Project

 

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If you’d like to head out to the GP and gather huckleberries, make sure to download a free permit online, visit this website for more details https://apps.fs.usda.gov/gp/

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New 2018-2020 Strategic Plan

 

CFC has put together an ambitious three-year plan to combat climate change, protect wildlands, and conserve our streams, fish, and wildlife for future generations. Please check it out, along with our 2017 Annual Report, here: https://cascadeforest.org/about-us/strategic-plan-annual-report/

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Thank You, Nike!

 

The CFC offices recently recieved a makeover, thanks to the generous folks over at Nike!  They donated us desks, lamps, storage units, chairs, and a new boardroom table and rug.  We are grateful for their donation and support!

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June 2018 Newsletter

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Protecting the Unique Environment of Mount St. Helens

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In 1982, Congress created the 110,000 acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to protect the unique research and recreation opportunities of this landscape. The heart of the Monument, and the research conducted there, is the Pumice Plain – where nothing survived the eruption.
Read the full blog here: https://cascadeforest.org/protecting-the-unique-environment-of-mount-st-helens/

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CFC and Local Schools!

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During April and May, we had 151 students participate in our Young Friends of the Forest program. This accounted for 862 hours contributed to two of CFC’s ongoing projects! We worked with six schools total, two of which were schools we had not previously worked with – Oliver P. Lent K-8 School (OR) and Centennial High School (OR). The other four schools – West Linn High School (OR), Stevenson High School (WA), Heritage High School (WA) and Sunnyside K-8 School (OR) – were those that we have partnered with in previous years.
On all six trips, the students collected data for the second phase of our Beaver Reintroduction Project. This phase involves investigating potential release sites that were previously identified by a spatial model created by CFC. Using a site scorecard, students made observations and ranked different environmental features along the stream of interest and the surrounding forested area. Each area was given a final score and, ultimately, those scores will be used to decide which sites are the most optimal for beaver to inhabit. The data collected by the students is integral the overall project so we cannot thank them enough for their involvement.
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Centennial High School also participated in riparian planting near the confluence of Trapper Creek and Wind River. The area lacked many hardwood species that are preferred by beaver, so the 255 trees planted by the students will have a positive impact on the area and increase the possibility of beaver being released there. Stevenson High School also conducted forest health surveys where they learned about signs of tree disease, forest structure, and measuring tree diameter. The spring trips went by in a flash, but we can’t wait to bring out more students in the fall!

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Our Biggest Event of the Year!

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CFC-6653Did you know that CFC’s fall banquet on October 4th is our biggest event of the year? It’s one of the best – and certainly most fun – ways to support our work. All proceeds go to our programs that serve the forests, streams, wildlife and communities in the heart of the Cascades. This year we are fortunate to have the beautiful Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center as our venue, and tons of great deals in our auction. Elephant’s Delicatessen will be catering for us and the open bar will feature drinks from several local breweries and vineyards. Get your tickets today!
Individual tickets are $75 and a Patron level sponsorship (which includes 2 tickets) is $250. Click on the link below to RSVP.
Thursday, October 4, at 6:00 pm
World Forestry Center, Miller Hall
4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Business Casual attire
Click here to RSVP (https://cascadeforest.org/get-involved/2018-banquet-auction/)

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Join CFC in the Field!

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to do field work in the heart of the Gifford Pinchot?  You’re in luck!
CFC runs a series of restoration trips each summer, where members and friends like you can get hands-on in the forest!
There is still room on several of our trips.  Visit our website to sign up today!

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A New Way to Support CFC: Buy or Sell a House!

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VANCOUVER AREA- Kellia Nichols (kellia@rosere.net) NW Rose Real Estate
(http://www.roserealestategroup.com). You can work with any realtor at NW Rose Real Estate, and they will donate a portion of their commission to CFC if you buy or sell a home with them.
PORTLAND AREA – Tim Wilson (timwilson@kniperealty.com), Knipe Realty NW
Tim will make a $1,000 donation on behalf of customers referred through CFC, for each transaction that he closes.
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Staff Comings and Goings

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March 2018 Newsletter

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Make Your Voice Heard!

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If you haven’t taken our 2018 Member and Friend survey, please take 3-5 minutes to give us your opinions!  Responses close on Friday, March 16th!
Here’s the link again: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFC2018_MemberAndFriendSurvey

 

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Mount St Helen’s Mine Update

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The Forest Service has finalized their decision to consent to exploratory drilling in the Green River valley. Currently, the Bureau of Land Management is deciding whether to issue exploratory drilling permits to Ascot Resources. We will continue to challenge these permits through administrative processes and the courts.
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Thank you to everyone who attended our outreach event at Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver, WA on March 7th! We had a wonderful evening celebrating our successful opposition to this mine for over a decade and discussing what 2018 will bring for this campaign.To learn more about how to stop mining near Mount St. Helens and take action, visit: https://cascadeforest.org/stop-the-mine/

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New Blog! : Forest Collaborative Groups

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]P1000408In forest collaborative groups, diverse stakeholders including environmental organizations, timber companies, recreational organizations, and other interested members of the community come together to discuss timber sales and other proposed projects with Forest Service staff. Cascade Forest Conservancy is a founding member of, and active participant in, both forest collaboratives in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Pinchot Partners, formed in 2003, focuses on projects in the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, and the South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative, formed in 2011, focuses on projects in the Mt. Adams Ranger District. Through collaborative participation, our goal is to influence GPNF projects to be sustainable for wildlife, fish, water quality, and local communities.
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CFC Friends Featured on OPB!

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]finding big trees 800wDarryl and Darvel Lloyd were recently featured in an OPB special about their long history of conservation work on Mount Adams. The Lloyd brothers have been great partners of CFC for many years. We are lucky to get to work beside them in studying and helping to protect the unique landscapes of Mount Adams.

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CFC Annual Report Now Online

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]Click here (https://cascadeforest.org/wp-content/uploads/AnnualReport2017.pdf) to take a look at our 2017 Annual Report, where we describe some of our major accomplishments over the past year. Thank you to all our members and supporters for making our work possible![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]

CFC is hiring!

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]If you’re an energetic individual who is passionate about the environment, enjoys working outside and meeting new people, we’d like to meet you. The Cascade Forest Conservancy is looking for someone like you to join us as a Membership Outreach Advocate!  Channel your passion for the outdoors into action and make a difference with this exciting opportunity!
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January 2018 Newsletter

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Call to Action!

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IMG_0071We are continuing to oppose threats to bedrock federal environmental protections including bills, riders, and administrative rule changes. Riders on bills could weaken protections for endangered species and roadless areas, and allow harmful logging with little environmental review. One rider on the Senate Interior Appropriations bill threatens nearly one-quarter of all roadless areas in the United States by exempting Alaska from the 2001 Roadless Rule, which protects roadless national forests from logging and road-building. This rider on the appropriations bill is an attack on all national forest roadless areas because state-by-state exemptions would erode the Roadless Rule. Call your senators and urge them to oppose any attacks on the Roadless Rule and other important environmental protections.
Who to contact
Oregon Residents:
Senator Jeff Merkley: (202)-224-3753  (website)
Senator Ron Wyden: (202)-224-5244  (website)
Washington Residents:
Senator Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441 (website)
Senator Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621 (website)

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With the New Year, Comes a New Project for CFC! 

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Planned Giving: Leaving a Legacy for our Forests

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]At Cascade Forest Conservancy we rely on our members and friends to support our work.  Your support helps us bring youth and adult volunteers on stewardship trips, prepare our lands for the impacts of climate change, and conserve important natural resources and wildlife.
For those who want to leave a real legacy on our organization for years to come, making a bequest or other planned gift is a great idea.  CFC can accept most kinds of planned gifts, and the best thing to do is to talk to a member of our staff, like Development Manager Michal Orczyk (michal@cascadeforest.org). By writing our organization into your will or making a bequest, you will be remembered as a champion of public lands in the Pacific Northwest. If you have any questions, reach out to us, or take a look at this online guide: https://www.donorsearch.net/planned-gifts-complete-guide/. CFC is developing a program to acknowledge and recognize planned gifts, which we plan to launch in 2018.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]

Join us for our Mount St Helens Mine Event on February 21st!

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Please join us on February 21 from 6:30to 8:30 p.m. at Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver for a presentation about our efforts to stop mining in the Green River valley. Now is the time to take action to stop mining near Mount St. Helens, and we need your help! We will present updates, upcoming actions in 2018, and do a raffle for prizes.

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CFC is hiring!

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]Do you love the work CFC does protecting and conserving forests, streams, wildlife and communities in the Gifford Pinchot?  Why not join our team!  We are seeking a Membership Outreach Advocate to work in out Portland office.
To learn more about the role, and how to apply, visit our website:
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November 2017 Newsletter

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Protecting Key Habitat Areas of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

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Mount St. Helens Mine Update 

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October was a busy month for the campaign to stop mining near Mount St. Helens! At the beginning of the month, with the help of our attorneys, Tom Buchele at Earthrise Law Center and Roger Flynn at Western Mining Action Project, we submitted our objection letter to the Forest Service Draft Decision Notice to allow exploratory drilling in the Green River valley. Read our objection letter here. During the objection period, CFC and our coalition partners also generated thousands of petition signatures opposing the permit decision from concerned citizens. CFC also led a hike along the Green River trail, where we experienced first-hand the unique beauty of the Green River valley. We are committed to protecting the Green River valley from mining by challenging the permit decision in court and advocating for long-term protection of this area. Please consider supporting our fight by donating to CFC.
Visit our page on the mine by clicking here: https://cascadeforest.org/our-work/mining/

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CFC’s Annual Auction and Banquet a Success!

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]The board, staff, and volunteers of CFC wish to thank everyone who attended the 2017 Annual Auction and Banquet.  This year’s event was held at the Melody Ballroom, and was a lovely evening.  An array of silent auction items, the Wall of Beverages, the popular Heads & Tails bead game, the live auction, and the Dessert Dash were all a big hit with the crowd!  This year’s Special Appeal, focusing on the Mt. St Helen’s mine campaign, was a great chance to support the important work that CFC does to protect the Gifford Pinchot National Forest from environmental degradation.
Matt Little’s presentation and video on CFC’s successes and upcoming challenges was very inspiring. Matt also presented this year’s Big Foot Volunteer of the Year Award to Steve Jones for his ongoing work in conservation. It was accepted in his absence by John Bohrnsen, President of the Clark-Skamania Fly fishers.
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Young Friends of the Forest!

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Comings and Goings

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All of Us at Cascade Forest Conservancy
Wish You a Wonderful Holiday Season!

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August 2017 Newsletter

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Big Tree Hunting in the Gifford Pinchot Nat’l Forest

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Brothers Darryl and Darvel Lloyd, both CFC members, recently wrote a guest blog post for us highlighting some giant trees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. They’ve been searching for and tracking these trees for years and are local experts. Did you know, for example, that the GPNF contains the largest known Noble Fir?
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Northwest Old-Growth Forest: Carbon Storage Stars

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]Lush, old-growth, conifer forests are an iconic feature of the Pacific Northwest. Large, magnificent trees and brilliant shades of green bring people from near and far to these forests to recreate. Pacific Northwest old-growth forests are beautiful backdrops for recreation, but they also have an important role in mitigating climate change impacts. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which has several areas of low elevation mature and old growth forests, is ranked fourth in the nation for carbon storage. Old forests absorb more carbon than young forests because there is a complex ecosystem, with each plant, animal, and fungi playing a role in carbon storage. As part of our climate resilience blog series, we are highlighting information on old-growth forests and carbon storage presented in our Wildlife and Climate and Resilience Guidebook. Check out the full article here:
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Green River one of America’s “Most Endangered”

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]CFC’s Policy and Campaign Manager, Nicole Budine, recently wrote a guest blog post for American Rivers, who just this year designated the Green River as one of the nation’s most endangered rivers. This special place is under threat from a mining proposal and we need your help to stop it: www.cascadeforest.org/nomine
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Alert – Help Us Stop the Clearcutting Bill!

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]If you like trees, we need your help. Congress is about to pass the worst forestry bill we have ever seen; a bill that would theoretically allow clearcutting of areas up to 50 square miles and exempt these decisions from almost all public and environmental review. If this makes you angry, please tell your U.S. House Representative what you think about this irresponsible and misnamed bill, HR 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.

IMG_20170629_130058702 (1)House Republicans already passed HR 2936 through committee, and they are expected to vote this through any day now. We need our Republicans, like Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, to reject their party’s ill-advised plans, and we must make sure no Democrats end up supporting this bill. Please contact your Representative directly today (phone numbers listed at www.contactingcongress.org), and consider writing a letter to the editor in your local paper, directly naming your Representative – so that your message about HR 2936 ends up directly on his or her desk. Talking points and more info at https://cascadeforest.org/defend-public-lands-from-lawless-logging/

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We’re on Instagram!

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In case you thought we weren’t hip enough already, Cascade Forest Conservancy is now on Instagram! We’re posting beautiful shots from our favorite places, and encourage members and friends to follow us and share photos. If you visit the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, send us a picture and we’ll put it up, or tag us @CascadeForest

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CFC Gala is Coming Up: Join Us Nov. 2

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]Did you know that our fall banquet on November 2 is our biggest and most exciting event of the year? Come celebrate a year of challenges and successes with us on November 2 at the Melody Ballroom in Portland! You’ll enjoy delicious food and drink, great deals and pleasant company – all while supporting CFC’s important conservation work. Check out the event website here for details and to sign up.
We’ll start things with a cocktail reception (open bar!) and silent auction at 5:30, followed by a dinner and live auction around 7:00. The auction is not to be missed. We have dozens of items and our guests are always going home with great deals on outdoor gear, artwork, wine and spirits, vacations, sports and theater tickets, and much more. The proceeds from this event are essential to our conservation programs — if you care about the forests, rivers, wildlife and communities of the Cascades, please consider joining us for this fun evening.
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June Newsletter

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Drink a beer, stop a mine!

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]Come join us next Wednesday at 6:30pm at Base Camp Brewing to hear the latest on the Mount St. Helens mine proposal and win a $100 Columbia Sportswear gift certificate and cool outdoor gear.  We expect a final decision on exploratory drilling permits for this pristine river valley any day now, so please join us as we mobilize local, state, and national opposition to this terrible idea.  So far, we have sent tens of thousands of your petitions and postcards to the Forest Service and our senators, asking to stop this permit.  We also worked with the Trust for Public Land, who originally owned the land, and other partners to argue for the protection of the unique ecological and recreational values of the valley, and the integrity of the Land and Water Conservation Fund — which funded the private land transfer to the Forest Service.  Come learn more about this, and how you can help stop this mine.
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Road Restoration in the Gifford Pinchot

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Climate change is likely to exacerbate many of the negative impacts from roads, especially by increasing the amount and severity of high streamflow events. We need to work to ensure that our road network is resilient to these projected changes.
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Upcoming Citizen Science Trips with CFC!

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#444444″ thickness=”3″][vc_column_text]Join Cascade Forest Conservancy on one of our upcoming trips into the Gifford Pinchot!  It is a chance to get out into the forest and do some good, as well as meet great people and explore our natural world.
Our planned trips for July include:

  • July 8 (Sat): Survey of Streams and Forest Roads – Tour remote forest roads and streams near Wind River and Trapper Creek Wilderness to collect important field data on stream culverts, forest road conditions, erosion, and fish passage.
  • July 15-16 (Sat-Sun): Timber Sale Survey – Help us collect on-the-ground information for upcoming sales that will increase our understanding of the ecological effects. This trip will take place in the timber sale units south of Packwood, WA, near Spirit Lake and Iron Creek.

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CFC Favorite Hikes: Falls Creek Falls

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Hiking along Falls Creek Falls trail to the base of a waterfall is a great way to spend a hot summer day. This family-friendly hike crosses a suspension bridge and ends with fantastic views of Falls Creek Falls. Look closely for wildlife like otters and elk. If you want to see more waterfalls, consider visiting nearby Panther Creek Falls.
Distance: 3-7 miles roundtrip, depending on route.
Location: Mt. Adams Ranger District – Oldman Pass
How to get there: Take I-84 to Exit #44/Cascade Locks. Cross the Bridge of the Gods ($2 toll) and turn right toward Stevenson. Turn left onto the Wind River Highway toward Carson. A little after milepost 14, look for the Falls Creek Falls sign and turn right onto road #3062. Drive on this gravel road for about 2 miles until you reach a parking area and the trailhead.
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Welcome New Staff!

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We’d like to welcome Amanda Keasberry to the Cascade Forest Conservancy team!  Amanda will be joining as our Fieldwork Coordinator, bringing with her a strong background in forest research and spatial analysis.  She’ll be working on the huckleberry monitoring project, leading riparian planting trips, and coordinating some of our citizen science work.

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