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Coming soon – Environmental Workshop
This Land is Your Land: Our Unique Southwest Oregon Environment.
Can We Foster Resilience?
 
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Wild River Pub in Grants Pass, 533 NE F Street
 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
 
This FREE half-day workshop, organized by Rogue Indivisible, is an excellent chance to learn from local experts about our complex southwest Oregon environment, what makes it unique, and what we can do to help in sustainable management of communities and our region’s natural resources.
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Workshop Agenda
  •  Overview of Ecological Systems in the Rogue Valley and its Surroundings – Tom Atzet, Ecologist
  • A Rogue Climate in Our Valley: Trends, Projections, Consequences – Alan Journet, Co-Facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
  • What is Restoration Forestry and Why is it Important? – Gary Clarida, Restoration Forester
  • Our Unique Biological and Physical Interrelationships in the Rogue Valley – Bob Bath, High School Science Teacher
  • Local Recreational Trails and Collaboration to benefit Rogue Valley Economy and Communities – Hope Robertson, Energy Policy Analyst and Founder, Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
  • The Ecology of Relationships: Agency and Community Collaboration in Natural Resource Management -Jack Shipley, Founder, Applegate Partnership
  • Wrap-Up Panel Discussion – All Presenters available for Questions and Answers

No fee for attending! Space is limited. Please register early!
Email us at eco-team@rogueindivisible.org to sign up, or CLICK HERE to register online. 
Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by Rogue Indivisible.

 

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IMPORTANT EVENT COMING UP

You can Participate!

LOBBY DAY IN SALEM:

Contact Rhonda at rhondal@rogueindivisible.org if you want to car pool with others:

  • February 12th – Support Clean Energy Jobs
    • Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) is encouraging folks to contact their representatives to INSIST they support Clean Energy Jobs in the 2018 Session.  Information on the bill is available at: http://socan.eco/cej/. Information for contacting reps is posted at:  http://socan.eco/cej-rep-contacts/.  
    • SOCAN is also organizing a car-pooling excursion to Salem for the Clean Energy Jobs Rally and Lobby Day.  Our plan is to reimburse gas costs for drivers, and buy carbon offsets for the miles traveled.
    • Anyone interested in joining us for the excursion can find information on this event at the link below:  

 

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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

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SAY NO TO H.R. 2936

THE SUSTAINABLE FOREST BILL

Background Regarding the Forests of Southern Oregon

 The forests of southwestern Oregon are among the most complex in the world.  We have the convergence of geology, topography, climate systems, and remnant rare vegetation populations that occur here and nowhere else in the world (The “Klamath Knot”.) The Sierra Nevada or central or northern Oregon programmatic approaches are not appropriate for forests in southwestern Oregon. Our forests are so complex that expensive and customized treatments are needed. Further complications result from increased settlement in the “Wildland-Urban Interface” and structure protection complicates fire suppression efforts; and the complex “checkerboard” ownership patterns make it even more challenging to manage public lands and protect residences and property and lives.

Historically, the relationship between fire and our forest ecosystems in southwest Oregon and northern and central California is one of frequent, low severity fires; a relationship that has been disrupted by fire suppression and managing agencies for nearly the past 80 to 100 years, in the interest of maximizing/protecting  timber resources.  It has not worked, and has created  the very dangerous and volatile situation we are currently faced with. Our forests are, indeed, overstocked, crowded, unhealthy, and not fire resilient.  Climate change and drought-induced insect infestations have exacerbated the situation. 

Commercial logging is only one small part of what can be done on some lands in order to restore forests to a more fire resilient state. Many more acres of our forests need treatments that COST money, rather than returning income to the treasury in the form of logging receipts. Many treatments, such as clearing out the dense, “dog hair” undergrowth (thick, dense stands of small diameter fir and pine) are crucial to accomplish, but it’s costly to implement. Sometimes, part of the overstory can be commercially harvested to help pay for this, but in more cases, more non-commercial work is needed than will be paid for by the logging.

Funding is needed to support those treatments in our forest. THIS IS CRUCIAL! Commercial logging cannot solve it ALL! We need funding for non-commercial hazardous fuels treatments, such as understory shrub and pole thinning, piling, and pile burning;  plus broadcast underburning in those areas where conditions are appropriate for such.  Cutting brush and slash, hand piling, and burning is extremely expensive but is VITAL to protecting our forests in SW Oregon.  As we learned this summer in the Rogue Valley, a month-long episode of thick smoke can be devastating, especially for people with respiratory issues.  Relaxing the smoke restrictions for controlled burns so that more prescribed fire can be used would be beneficial.  An effort to educate the public about shorter-term smoke from prescribed fire versus long-term smoke from wildfires would help garner public support for these programs. H.R. 2936 addresses none of these concerns.

For more information on this misguided bill, click HERE.

 
 
 Resources & Links

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

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