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Wyden, Merkley, DeFazio Preserve Southwestern Oregon 
Mineral Withdrawal 

Oregon lawmakers win fight to protect more than 100,000 acres from mineral development

Washington, D.C. – Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representative Peter DeFazio today announced that the U.S. Forest Service has told them it will not revisit a southwestern Oregon mineral withdrawal protecting more than 100,000 acres from development.

That good news in a letter from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who oversees the Forest Service, came in response to a Nov. 14, 2017 letter from Wyden, Merkley and DeFazio. The three lawmakers had urged the Trump administration in their letter last fall not to pursue a misguided and misinformed request to review mineral withdrawals from the past eight years, including the one near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area in southwestern Oregon.

“Oregonians expressed overwhelming support for withdrawing this valuable area from proposed foreign-owned nickel mining,” Wyden said. “I am gratified that Secretary Perdue is not second-guessing that public participation and has responded positively to the request I made with Senator Merkley and Congressman DeFazio to preserve these significant natural resources.”

“Mining in this area would have posed an unacceptable threat to drinking water and fish runs,” said Merkley. “It’s great news for Oregon that Secretary Perdue has accepted the results of the public process that overwhelmingly favored protection for these waters. We can’t – and won’t – allow these pristine Southern Oregon treasures to be lost.”

“The prohibition on mining on the Smith River and the headwaters of Hunter Creek and Pistol River has broad, overwhelming support from thousands of residents of southwest Oregon, local governments, businesses and community leaders,”DeFazio said. “Allowing mining would have devastated this natural treasure and threatened pristine waters critical for salmon habitat and drinking water, as well as harmed the local economy. I appreciate Secretary Perdue’s willingness to work in accordance with the will of the people of Southwest Oregon.”

Wyden, Merkley and DeFazio introduced the Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act in 2015 to protect the area from development. At the end of 2016, the Obama administration withdrew more than 100,000 acres near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area from mineral development following extensive public comment periods over several years that produced more than 45,000 supportive comments from local city council members, tribal leaders, county commissioners and recreation business leaders.

Send them a letter, email, or phone call to thank them for protecting these special areas from mineral exploitation and the ensuing pollution!


Stop the Regime From Re-Opening America's Coasts to Oil and Gas Drilling

Trump just set the Arctic and Atlantic coasts on the path to catastrophe. His latest executive order attempts to reverse existing policy that permanently protects these vital waters from dangerous oil and gas drilling. This would leave our oceans and coasts vulnerable to devastating oil spills while driving climate-wrecking carbon pollution and threatening our clean energy future.

It’s up to Congress to stop this disaster before it’s too late. Tell your senators and representative to support critical legislation to fight Trump’s assault on our coasts and permanently protect the Arctic and Atlantic, and all American coastal waters, from drilling.

Click here to send your comments to your legislators!


Tell your Representative to stop the Regime
from destroying our wild places!

Starting February 2, land stripped from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante is open for new mining. This is all thanks to Trump and his Administration dismantling protections for these wild places — handing over 2 million acres of public lands to be destroyed in search of uranium, copper and other metals.

Now Republicans in Congress are trying to help Trump with legislation to enshrine his cuts to our national monuments. So we need you to speak up now and protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante!

Click HERE to send a message to your representative: Keep mining out of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante!



Something to know about:

RVCC – Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

FY2018 Appropriations Priorities

America’s Got a Rural Opportunity: Let’s Get the Funding Right In America’s rural west, economic, environmental, and community health go hand in hand. Investment in the stewardship of our forests, watersheds, and rangelands creates jobs for local people, while providing clean water and air for all of America. Yet today, our rural communities are still struggling to keep up with their urban neighbors.

Congress and the Administration can spark rural prosperity by investing in solutions that revitalize communities and create jobs through land stewardship. It is imperative to maintain funding that encourages innovation, implementation, and investment in rural America and in our federal agency partners. Therefore, RVCC encourages the following priorities in FY18:

Priority 1 – Fire Funding Fix A solution to the escalating costs of wildfire is essential. The burden of these costs on Department of the Interior and the USDA Forest Service budgets is crippling—with real implications for the health of our communities and our forests. RVCC supports a comprehensive fire fix that stabilizes funding, allows access to disaster funding, and prevents transfers of dollars out of other land management and prevention budgets.

Priority 2 – Rural Jobs for Forest and Range Stewards ….to read more, click HERE


Our Rogue Indivisible Environmental Workshop
on February 3rd in Grants Pass
Was a Great Success!
Huge THANKS to all our amazing presenters who volunteered their time for
This Land is Your Land: Our Unique Southwest Oregon Environment.
And big thanks to a crowd of over 80 people who attended and asked some excellent and thought-provoking questions. Your attendance at this free half-day workshop on such a beautiful day demonstrated your interest in learning about our local environment.  The presenters were well-informed and engaging, and judging by questions from attendees, generated much interest in the topics discussed.  What a great day it was to learn from knowledgeable people and share with others concerns and interests in our special place here.
Thank you also to all the great Rogue Indivisible volunteers who helped organize and finance this workshop.  We hope to do more workshops in the future, so check back here frequently for news of upcoming events.  Have suggestions for topics in future workshops?  Please email us at environment@rogueindivisible.org with ideas.
   Resources & Links

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Many of these organizations have “Take Action” pages that list current action items you can do NOW!


Rogue Farm Corps   

Applegate Partnership and Watershed Council 


Bee Girl


Cascadia Wildlands 


EarthShare Oregon


Friends of the Earth


KS Wild


Natural Resources Defense Council


Oregon Conservation Network


Oregon Department of Environmental Quality


Oregon League of Conservation Voters


Pacific Rivers


Rogue River Watershed Council


Rogue Riverkeeper


Sierra Club – Rogue Group


Siskiyou Field Institute


Southern Oregon Beekeepers


Southern Oregon Climate Action Now 


Wildlife Images


Williams Creek Watershed Council


1000 Friends of Oregon