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THE TRUTH ABOUT WILDERNESS

Published February 25th, 2020

I would like to correct a number of inaccurate statements made by one of our county commissioners in his recent guest column: “The proposed Crater Lake Wilderness: A dangerous road to disaster and exclusion.”  The writer could have avoided spreading this misinformation by simply reading the Wilderness Act of 1964 (https://tinyurl.com/WildernessAct), going to the [...]

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“Umpqua Sweets” Proposed BLM Sale of 2000 acres along the North Umpqua River

Published December 6th, 2019

From September 24th through November 1st, Cascadia Wildlands spearheaded an investigation of a Roseburg BLM Timber Sale called Umpqua Sweets. They conducted field trips to the units and meetings with the BLM Swiftwater Field Office personnel. Some Umpqua Watersheds members joined in the research, including Francis Eatherington. The following are comments about the sites by [...]

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What is NEPA and what does it mean for conservation?

Published December 6th, 2019

By Diana Pace

The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to consider all of the environmental and social impacts of proposals before taking action (e.g. permitting a road or mine). It requires agencies to prepare a detailed study on the impacts of any proposed action that may “significantly affect the quality of the human [...]

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Comments Due Dec 17, 2019

Published November 29th, 2019
USDA Forest Service Seeks Public Comment on Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Alternatives to a Proposed Alaska Roadless Rule Development of a proposed state-specific rule is in response to a petition from the State of Alaska JUNEAU, ALASKA, Oct. 15, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement [...]

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Crater Lake Wilderness aims to keep 500,000 acres wild

Published November 3rd, 2019

Crater Lake Wilderness article in the news!

 

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Conservation

Published September 24th, 2019

Conservation… J.Patrick Quinn

The Conservation Column in the June, 2018 edition of this newsletter, contained the following: “Thus, when we became aware of what seemed to us to be an egregious request to impose yet another 1,400 feet of forest road through old growth on BLM managed public land near Susan Creek Falls so [...]

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DCPARC September 2019

Published September 4th, 2019

DCPARC recently met with fellow activists in Columbia County, Oregon concerning logging at Camp Wilkerson County Park and purposed “Hazard” tree logging at Ora Bolmeier City Park in Vernona. We toured both parks. Unfortunately, the viewing of stumps from recently cut trees at parks is becoming all too common, but we did increase our networking. [...]

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Conservation Update

Published June 18th, 2019

Conservation Committee…Patrick Quinn

Recently, the well-known non-profit journal, The Guardian, gave its staff revised instructions concerning how they should report about climate and how it is changing and impacting our world, right now. For Guardian writers, the word “change” is out. When discussing the current situation the word “crisis” is in. For articles examining what [...]

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Monitoring the county park activities

Published March 2nd, 2019

DCPARC Update….John Hunter

We continue to monitor the situation at Whistlers Bend Park where more than 100 trees in the campground were cut. Far more than 11 reported by the Parks Advisory Board (PAB. Public awareness of the logging was non-existent and no harvest plan was filed with the Oregon Dept. of Forestry.  The logging [...]

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Winter 2018

Published December 4th, 2018

J. Patrick Quinn

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” I borrowed [...]

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