American Bird Conservancy – protect Oregon forests


Call-In Day July 17 to Protect the Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl
The forests in the Pacific Northwest home to the threatened Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet are under threat. Members of Congress are considering legislation to convert currently protected areas critical for the conservation of these threatened birds into logging zones.
 
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who chairs the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, is hearing from the timber industry and cash-strapped counties that they want a logging bailout and a return to the failed policies of the past that led to the overcutting of public forestlands, the near elimination of ancient forests, and pushed Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet and salmon populations to the brink of extinction.
 
These forests provide an important legacy for current and future generations of Americans that provide clean drinking water, protect water quality in our rivers and streams, and scenic beauty that makes Oregon a great place to live, work and raise a family. With legislation being drafted that could determine the future of these forests, it’s time those of us who value our public forest lands for clean water, recreation, and fish and wildlife to get louder.
 
Let your voice be heard in the place where it will make the most difference, in the halls of the Congress. Please join us for a call-in day to Senator Ron Wyden on July 17.
 
Contact info:
 
Oregon residents and bird conservation organizations should please call and leave a statement with the Senator’s staff person at any of the following offices. If no one answers, leave a polite message.
 
Washington, D.C. office:  202-224-5244
Portland office: 503-326-7525
Eugene office: 541-431-0229
 
Talking Points to Use:
 
·       Oregon’s O&C lands are a legacy for current and future generations of Oregonians. Our backyard forests provide clean drinking water, are home to some of America’s last remaining ancient forests, protect water quality in our rivers and streams, and they offer the scenic beauty that makes Oregon a great place to live, work and raise a family.
 
·       A dramatic increase in logging and clearcutting in our national forests is shortsighted and would harm the clean drinking water, wildlife and fish populations, and economic and recreational benefits from activities such as hunting, hiking, fishing, and camping, that our public forest lands provide and support.
 
·       Ample timber is currently being produced from our federal forests under existing law and policy. There’s no way Congress can dramatically increase timber harvest on BLM lands without clear-cutting older forests and dismantling bedrock federal laws or scientific plans like the Northwest Forest Plan.
 
·       Like most other municipalities in the country, O&C counties need to diversify their revenue sources. The federal government should provide a fair and reasonable payment, but in shared responsibility with the state and counties. More logging is not the answer.
 
 

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Steve Holmer
Senior Policy Advisor
American Bird Conservancy &
Director, Bird Conservation Alliance
202-234-7181 ext. 216
sholmer@abcbirds.org
Skype: sholmerabc
 
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