Ways to protect Marbled Murrelets.
Take action by donating to our Marbled Murrelet Litigation Fund and by opposing the sale of over 2,700 acres of Elliot State Forest.
Action alert: Speak out for the future of Elliott State Forest
Dec. 2, 2013: Join fellow conservationists on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Oregon State Land Board Meeting in Salem to speak out against the proposed sale of 2,700 acres of the Elliott State Forest.
The Audubon Society of Portland, along with its partners, is holding a rally prior to the meeting to encourage Governor Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler - members of the State Land Board - to protect critical forestlands on the Elliott State Forest that are being considered for sale. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs and banners for the rally.
We will then head to the meeting, where attendees will be able to testify during a public comment period - speak about why we should protect our public assets instead of selling them off!
The Elliott provides essential habitat in the Oregon Coast Range for a host of imperiled fish and wildlife species, and its forests store more carbon per acre than virtually any other place on earth. Learn more about the proposed sell-off, and join us in Salem to help protect Oregon's State Forests!
The Oregon State Land Board Meeting is being held Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Department of State Lands Building at 775 Summer Street, Salem, Oregon. The meeting begins at 10 a.m., but we will rally on the building's steps at 9:30 a.m.
There will be several carpools heading to the rally from Roseburg, Eugene and Portland. Please RSVP with the contact person for your planned departure location.
Portland: A bus will leave Portland from the southwest corner of Holladay Park at NE 11th and Holladay Street at 8 a.m. sharp. Contact Micah Meskel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-222-6128 for more information.
Roseburg: Contact Francis Eatherington at email@example.com or 541-643-1309 if you'd like to carpool.
Eugene: A bus will leave Eugene at 8 a.m. sharp from the parking lot behind FedEx Office at 13th and Willamette Street. Contact Josh Laughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-434-1463 for more information.
The Audubon Society of Portland, Cascadia Wildlands and Center for Biological Diversity brought a lawsuit against the State of Oregon last year for illegal clear-cutting in federally listed Marbled Murrelet habitat on the Elliott, Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. As a result, the courts found that our lawsuit was likely to be successful and placed an injunction on eleven timber sales. However, rather than agreeing to adopt legal logging practices, the state is now considering selling off portions of our publicly owned State Forests.
The State Land Board, made up of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, is reviewing a reckless proposal to sell 2,714 acres of the Elliott State Forest. The loss of nearly 3,000 acres of public land is bad enough, but it could well be the beginning of efforts to sell off the Elliott’s entire 93,000 acres to private industry.
The right response to illegal clear-cutting is to establish environmentally responsible and legally valid management practices on our State Forests – not to sell them to private logging companies.
The Elliott State Forest, located just east of Reedsport and Coos Bay, provides essential habitat for a host of imperiled fish and wildlife species, and its forests store more carbon per acre than virtually any other place on earth, including tropical rainforests. The forest also purifies our water and air, and provides quality recreation experiences. The state must recognize these values and halt the proposed sell-off.