Newsletter of the Oregon Natural Resources Council
Protecting Oregon Since 1974
Spring 2006 Volume 33, Number 1
From the Director Dear Friends,
To aggressively protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy. MAIN OFFICE 5825 N. Greeley Avenue Portland, OR 97217 Phone: 503.283.6343 Fax: 503.283.0756 firstname.lastname@example.org www.onrc.org The email address for each ONRC staff member: email@example.com (for example: firstname.lastname@example.org) Executive Director.......................... Regna Merritt x Conservation Director.............................. Jay Ward x Director of Finance & Admin.............. Candice Guth x Development Director........................ Joellen Pail x Conservation Program Mgr................ Steve Pedery x Wilderness Coordinator.................. Erik Fernandez x Mt. Hood Wilderness Camp. Coord.. Julie Sherman x NW Field Representative ............ Christine Caurant x Roadless Wildlands Advocate ......... Mathew Fisher x Volunteer Coord./Exec. Asst......... Nanci Champlin x Membership Coordinator.......... Emily Lethenstrom x Office Manager.................................. Jim Fenner x
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WESTERN FIELD OFFICE Mailing Address: P.O. Box 11648, Eugene, OR 97440 454 Willamette, Suite 202 & 203 Phone: 541.344.0675 Fax: 541.343.0996 Policy Analyst ............................... Doug Heiken x 1 Conservation Associate................. Chandra LeGue x 2
EASTERN FIELD OFFICE 16 NW Kansas, Bend, OR 97701 Phone: 541.382.2616 Fax: 541.385.3370 Eastern OR Field Rep......................... Tim Lillebo
SOUTHERN FIELD OFFICE Mailing Address: P.O. Box 151 Ashland, OR 97520 Street Address: 84 4th Street, Ashland Phone: 541.201.1058 Klamath Basin Wildlife Advocate......... Jim McCarthy Wildlands Advocate.......................... Wendell Wood
BOARD OFFICERS OF ONRC FUND President- Pat Clancy Secretary/Treasurer- Rand Schenck
BOARD MEMBERS Susan Applegate Jim Baker
Gary Guttormsen Tom Lininger
Despite seemingly endless strife in this world, life is good at ONRC. Since I last wrote, we've regained important legal protections for some old-growth forests, fish and wildlife (see pp. 4 and 9). Members and friends packed two December congressional forums to support Mount Hood and Columbia Gorge wilderness and we anticipate Lewis and Clark wilderness legislation to be introduced in the House of Representatives this month! Over 250 friends joined us for our Lewis and Clark commemoration and wilderness celebration at the Oregon Historical Society. With the help of Orlo, our Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness photo contest was a success. We celebrated the work of wonderful photographers, who captured and shared the beauty of the places we work so hard to protect. Congratulations and many thanks to top winner Neil Schulman (cover), John Waller (Cooper Spur, p. 6), Don Jacobson (below) and all who participated. To top it off, ONRC recently received high marks through a survey of conservation leaders in the Pacific Northwest, who rated ONRC as one of the most effective conservation groups in the region. Our good news is tempered by daily bad news from the Bush administration, including attacks on science, the common good, common values and common ground. Nonetheless, somehow the truth shines through, illuminating the landscape and bringing us hope. When Bush's Bureau of Land Management cut funding for scientific researchers whose findings ran contrary to the "world-is-flat" forestry paradigm, it caused an uproar. Scientists from all over the country stood up in defense of academic integrity and an OSU graduate student. Industry efforts to squelch science backfired and may ultimately defeat terrible legislation co-sponsored by Representatives Walden (R- OR) and Baird (D- WA). Now the Bush administration is moving to privatize 800,000 acres of public land over the next decade, including lands in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Their claim - that our choice is between funding rural education or selling off public land - is preposterous. This outrageous scheme has drawn opposition from Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike. I was in central Oregon last weekend - moved by the beauty of bright blue skies, white snow and a blue heron flying above the Deschutes River. There I felt certain that, with your support, ONRC can stave off the most egregious Bush proposals and move our proactive campaigns forward. But we need your help to do more. We must take back our democracy. We must fight for our common values and the common good. Election Day (May 16th) is our Earth Day... and it's right around the corner. Let's get going!
Brian Maguire Jan Wilson
ONRC Fund is a tax-exempt, non-profit charitable organization. ONRC Action is a tax-exempt, non-profit social welfare organization. Contributions to ONRC Fund are tax-deductible for those who itemize; contributions to ONRC Action are not. Staff are employees of ONRC Fund, which contracts with ONRC Action to carry out its activities. Portions of this newsletter are paid for by ONRC Action.
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By Regna Merritt
Cover: Congratulations to Neil Schulman, winner of ONRC’s Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness photo contest. Neil took this amazing waterfall photo near the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
By Steve Pedery
Defending Oregon’s Forests
News Flash: Bulldozers, Chainsaws Bad for Forest Recovery
OSU research contradicts logging industry “experts” and pro-logging politicians
Fire is often used as an excuse to log old growth and roadless areas. Here, the Forest Service allowed illegal logging in the Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area as part of the Biscuit Fire Recovery Project. Nearby, an unlogged section of the Botanical Area is recovering without the help of chainsaws and bulldozers.
ost Oregonians know Oregon State University as the home to the Beavers football team. But the school is also home to a College of Forestry that has long promoted reckless logging in Oregon forests. The OSU College of Forestry is funded in part by the logging industry, and has been a cheerleader for the Bush administration's scheme to log areas recovering from the 2002 Biscuit Fire in southern Oregon. Faculty from the college have also traveled to Washington, D.C. to testify in favor of a bill by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) that would promote more logging in recovering areas nationwide. The College argues that logging and mechanical replanting will recover forests faster than nature can. But the College of Forestry is now at the center of a national scandal over
scientific freedom that stems from their handling of a report that contradicts their previous findings on logging after fire. It began in January when OSU researcher Daniel Donato announced the findings of a field study in areas burned by the Biscuit Fire. The study found that areas that were not logged after the fire were recovering much faster than places where logging did occur, and that logging increased the risk of future fires by leaving behind massive piles of highly flammable debris. Donato’s study was submitted to the prestigious research journal Science. After undergoing rigorous review by other scientists it was accepted for publication. And that’s where the controversy began. Upon hearing of Donato’s findings, a number of pro-logging College of Forestry faculty members contacted Science and tried to block its publica-
tion. When Science refused, new attacks were launched. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management cut their funding for Donato’s research but public pressure later forced them to restore it. More recently, Rep. Walden (who receives more money from logging interests than any other member of Congress) held a hearing on the scandal that was dominated by prologging “experts.” But, as Donato himself observed, “…the paper has kicked the door open on this understudied topic.” In the coming months, the OSU scandal is sure to effect the debate over the Walden-Baird logging bill. ONRC will fight to get the logging component of this reckless legislation dropped. Congress should promote good science rather than science that sounds good to the logging industry and the politicians that they support.
TAKE ACTION: Please contact your Congressional representatives and urge them to oppose HR 4200, the Walden-Baird bill that would fast-track logging in areas recovering from fire. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121 to be connected to your representatives today.
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By Doug Heiken By Alex P. Brown email@example.com
Old-Growth Campaign Update
Legal Victory Protects Old-Growth Forests & Wildlife!
n a huge victory for people who value wildlife and the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, a federal court in August sided with ONRC and our conservation partners and declared illegal the Bush administration’s decision (based on a closeddoor agreement with the logging industry) to eliminate rules that safeguard plants and wildlife that depend on old-growth forests.
Scenic Rogue River - were all at greater risk from increased oldgrowth logging. While the Bush administration and the logging industry have complained about the ruling, ONRC points to a simple solution. If they think doing surveys for rare species is too burdensome, they can avoid them by simply not logging the last public old-growth forests!
In related news, ONRC anticipates a court ruling any day on yet another Bush administration/ logging industry “sue and settle” scheme. This one aims to eliminate Northwest Forest Plan safeguards for streams and rivers and the fish that call them home. We’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned!
Then, in a follow-up court decision this January, the government was ordered to resume protection of these rare species and halt 144 logging sales in California, Oregon, and Washington. If allowed to proceed, these sales would have jeopardized as many as 300 rare species of animals, fish, and plants. The “look before you log” Survey and Manage rules under the Northwest Forest Plan required federal agencies to survey an oldgrowth forest for rare plants and wildlife before allowing logging or other destructive activities, and if found, modify their plans to reduce the risk of extinction. This ruling helps preserve an important system of checks and balances that protects our old-growth forests for wildlife, clean water, and future generations. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management estimate that without the Survey and Manage rules, more than 50 species are at high risk of local extinction. Absent the rules, old-growth forests across Oregon - from the slopes of Mount Hood, to the headwaters of the McKenzie River, to the Wild and
OREGON FORESTS SAVED National Forest Land: Mt. Hood NF Willamette NF Rogue River NF Siskiyou NF BLM Land:
Halted Acres Sales Saved 4 2 2 3
1,093 440 230 805
Halted Acres Sales Saved
Coos Bay BLM Eugene BLM Medford BLM Roseburg BLM Salem BLM
1 3 9 12 3
202 716 9,064 2,593 903
January ruling halts 144 timber sales in the Pacific Northwest
TAKE ACTION: Join ONRC on hikes into Oregon’s wild forests. See the back page for a list of current hikes and check our website for updates as new hikes get added: www.onrc.org. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for Wilderness Week: June 24-July 2, 2006.
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Roadless Rule Campaign Update
By Matthew Fisher
Governors across America go to court to protect roadless wildlands
he past several months have brought new developments in the fight to protect America’s 58.5 million acres of pristine roadless forests. From court challenges by state governors to grassroots advocacy by hundreds of thousands of Americans, the Bush administration is under intense pressure to protect these wildlands.
While much is happening in the political realm, grassroots campaigns in Oregon and other states are also heating up. In February, ONRC staff and volunteers reached out to hunters and anglers at the Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, gathering over 400 postcards to Governor Kulongoski that urge him to work for the complete protection of Oregon’s two million acres of roadless forests.
State governors have become some of the most outspoken defenders of roadless lands. Here in Oregon, Governor Kulongoski submitted a request to the federal government last October asking them to reinstate the 2001 Roadless Rule. The Bush administration denied that request, ostensibly because of Oregon’s ongoing involvement in a lawsuit against the repeal of the 2001 Rule.
Thanks to your efforts in early March, ONRC and a nationwide coalition of more than 75 other organizations released a petition to the federal government asking for a full reinstatement of the 2001 Roadless Rule. The petition was signed by over 260,000 people!
In recent news, the Bush administration announced plans to log roadless areas in In early November, the Siskiyou National Forest Washington state Governor Dirty water from reckless logging operations pollutes the Illinois River. Soil erosion that were protected under the from proposed logging in roadless areas of the Siskiyou National Forest will Christine Gregoire filed a threaten some of the best salmon and steelhead spawning habitat left in Oregon. Roadless Rule. The North and similar request but the South Kalmiopsis Proposed petition was denied with little roadless areas under the new Wilderness areas are threatened by explanation in February. That Bush rule. Virginia’s petition called the Mike’s Gulch and Blackberry prompted Gregoire to announce that for 100% protection for all roadless logging sales. The latter threatens Washington would join Oregon, areas or, essentially, a return to Indigo Creek, a tributary of the Wild California, and New Mexico on the the protections afforded by the and Scenic Illinois River and a major court challenge against the repeal of original Rule. The federal governcontributor to world-class wild salmon the Rule. ment is currently considering and steelhead fisheries. Virginia’s petition and will issue a Across the country, other governors decision in the coming months. ONRC is now urging Governor have also taken action. In December, Meanwhile, Maine and Montana are Kulongoski to demand that the Virginia became the first state to mounting court challenges to the new Forest Service halt these projects. submit a formal petition to protect Bush rule. He needs to hear from you, too! Rolf Skar
Pressure Mounts Against Bush Scheme
TAKE ACTION: Call Gov. Kulongoski today at 503.378.4582 and ask him to demand that the Forest Service halt all roadless logging plans. Also ask him to petition the Bush administration for the protection of Oregon’s two million acres of unspoiled roadless wildlands.
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Oregon Wild Campaign Update
ONRC works to win key additions to current proposal by Oregon congressmen
f you were to compare climbing Mount Hood to ONRC’s efforts to win wilderness protection for the mountain and the Gorge, you could say that we have the summit in sight! It’s been a slow climb, but over the last decade ONRC volunteers and staff have steadily documented and advocated for more than 260,000 acres of unprotected Wildernessquality land around Mount Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge. In 2004, our grassroots efforts led Senator Ron Wyden to introduce legislation that would have safeguarded 177,000 acres of these lands as Wilderness. Then in December
2005, we gained more ground when you helped us pack the house for public meetings in Portland and Hood River hosted by Oregon Congressmen Earl Blumenauer and Greg Walden. At the meetings, the Congressmen unveiled their bipartisan proposal for new Wilderness. By the end of the day, the message from Oregonians was clear: their plan to designate 75,000 acres of Wilderness and 15 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers around Mount Hood is a good start, but Oregonians want more! While the Blumenauer-Walden proposal would protect the vast, rugged
backcountry of Roaring River and the 1000 year-old cedars of Big Bottom, it would leave out some of the most threatened and unique lands in the region. The Congressmen are expected to formally introduce a bill this month. ONRC will be right there - as we have always been - making the case for the special places they leave out. Legislative efforts will then move to the Senate, where we will have a second chance to grow the bill. Please join us in the coming months as we take the next steps to making this wilderness journey complete. We’re not at the summit just yet but we sure are close.
WHAT’S IN THE BLUMENAUER-WALDEN WILDERNESS PROPOSAL: Cooper Spur
Mt. Hood National Forest wildlands that qualify for Wilderness designation
Acreage proposed for Wilderness in Senator Wyden’s 2004 bill
Reps. Walden and Blumenauer’s current Wilderness Proposal
Leslie Loga n
WILDERNESS BY THE NUMBERS 261,000 acres: 177,000 acres: 75,000 acres: stro Bob Holm
Wilderness for Mount Hood & the Columbia River Gorge:
TAKE ACTION: Please call Senator Smith today at 503.326.3386 and urge him to co-sponsor legislation with Senator Wyden this year to safeguar of what makes Oregon a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Remind him that these wild forests provide Oregonians with clean drinking wa
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By Julie Sherman
What Will Be Protected? WHAT’S MISSING FROM THEIR PROPOSAL:
andez Erik Fern
This awesome area of dramatic cliffs, rare wildflowers, and stunning waterfalls includes Larch Mountain the headwaters of Multnomah Falls, one of Oregon’s most visited destinations.
Mount Hood Wilderness Additions
Extending protections to the lower flanks of the mountain would protect beautiful Tamanawas Falls on the eastern flank of Mount Hood.
Wende ll Wood
Columbia Gorge Wilderness
Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness Additions
Protecting this entire area would prevent sprawl, development and logging from destroying special places like Mirror Lake and Hunchback Mountain..
This diverse region on the east side of Mount Hood includes special places like Boulder Lake, home to the largest stand of unprotected old-growth in the entire Mt. Hood National Forest. It also features the unique landscape of Fifteenmile Creek, where the wet west-side and drier east-side forests blend, and Bonney Butte which serves as a vital migration corridor for hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey.
Erik Fe rnan
Badger Creek Wilderness Additions
The Clackamas River watershed is famed for its thrilling whitewater, scenic lakes, and wild salmon and steelhead runs. It contains special places like Clackamas Canyon and Memaloose Lake, rare remnants of the lush old-growth forests that once blanketed western Oregon.
Some of the most beautiful streams surrounding Mount Hood currently have little protection. ONRC believes that waterways like Fifteenmile Creek, the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River, the East Fork of the Hood River, and the Collawash River should forever be safeguarded as Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Wild and Scenic Rivers
rd all 261,000 acres of unprotected wildland around Mount Hood and in the Columbia Gorge. Tell him why these wild places are an important part ater, world-class recreation and are a much-needed haven for fish and wildlife. Thanks for helping to keep Mount Hood wild!
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By Jay Ward
Eastern Oregon Update
Biomass: Energy Panacea or Disaster in the Making? Sandy Lonsdale
ONRC watchdogs alternative energy technology to protect Oregon’s forests Of course, thinning and biomass development should never be seen as replacements for natural forest components, including fire. In some forests, such as the ponderosa pine forests of central and eastern Oregon, frequent, low-intensity burns once served to control brush and insects and left most old-growth trees unharmed. ONRC believes thinning projects, including those to produce biomass, should be seen as a temporary, first step towards restoring fire to its natural role in Oregon’s forests.
Because it will avoid logging in riparian and roadless areas, and for the reasons listed above, ONRC is cautiously supporting a biomass project being developed for portions of the Fremont National Forest. Returning these forests to a more Dead trees in eastern Oregon forests provide homes for fish and wildlife and slowly return nutrients to the soil. complex and diverse condition may, Biomass projects should ensure that snags (standing dead trees) and downed wood remain. for a short time, necessitate the removal of some small diameter trees “I am committed to making and fire suppression. But it also poses and brush from previously logged and Oregon a national leader a serious threat, potentially creating replanted areas. in forest biomass energy yet another demand for increased development.” But this model cannot, and should logging of our remaining wildlands. - Governor Kulongoski, not, be replicated across the landscape. January 2006 While biomass removal (as a by- For instance, removing biomass from o what does being a “national product of conservation-based thin- the lodgepole pine forests that cloak leader” in biomass energy devel- ning) may be justifiable in some much of northeast Oregon will not opment mean for Oregon's places, it is not without risks. For reduce the risk of fire, nor would it environment? For now, the jury is still out. instance, dead trees provide homes restore diversity and structure to these for fish and wildlife and slowly important ecosystems. Our state government defines “biomass” return nutrients to the soil. Removing as using plants, grasses, and trees as biomass uses logging roads and heavy As state and federal agencies actively fuel for electricity generation. The fish equipment, both of which can cause promote biomass utilization, ONRC and wildlife that Oregonians cherish soil erosion, harm water quality, staff will continue to monitor them and spread invasive weeds. To be to ensure that any such projects actusee them quite differently - as home. credible, biomass projects should ally solve problems, not create them. ONRC believes biomass holds some ensure that snags (standing dead WANT TO KNOW MORE? potential for encouraging the kinds of trees) and downed wood remain for conservation-based thinning projects wildlife habitat. In addition, actions Read ONRC’s biomass policy online at that are needed to restore forests that must be taken to avoid or mitigate www.onrc.org/info/BiomassPolicy.pdf have been harmed by reckless logging damaging environmental impacts.
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By Steve Pedery
Rivers and Watersheds
Bush administration’s ten-year water plan for salmon ruled inadequate for survival
ost school kids learn early on that fish need water to survive. Sadly, when it comes to the Klamath Basin, the Bush administration may need remedial education. In 2001, ONRC, commercial fishermen and other conservation partners won a legal victory that secured more water for the survival of threatened coho salmon in the Klamath River. Unfortunately, in 2002, the Bush administration overturned this restoration effort, adopting a tenyear scheme that strangled water flows to the Klamath River in order to maximize the amount of water available for politically powerful irrigation interests.
flows this summer, and restore more natural flows to the Klamath River for years to come. Mother nature appears to be cooperating. So far this year, snow pack in the Klamath Basin - a key indicator of summer water supplies - is at nearly 150% of average. Bush Administration Fails Protect Coastal Coho Salmon
While the future is looking brighter for coho in the Klamath, a Bush administration flip-flop has put fish on the Oregon coast in greater danger. At issue is whether Oregon coastal coho salmon deserve protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Last June, federal officials indicated that they would continue protection for struggling fish runs. Then in January they reversed themselves, arguing that a recent uptick in salmon numbers meant the fish were no longer in danger. This decision could pave the way for more logging and development near streams on the Oregon coast. ONRC and other conservationists are now weighing options for restoring the safeguards for coastal coho salmon, and will closely monitor logging projects to ensure that the fish are protected.
In drafting this scheme, the Bush administration acknowledged that more water was needed in the Klamath River for the coho. However, their decade-long plan would not have significantly boosted flows until years nine and ten. Fortunately, in January, ONRC and our allies won a landmark legal ruling in a case that could help restore the Klamath and its salmon. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the Bush administration’s scheme. They detailed its problems in stark terms. “It is not enough to provide water for the coho to survive in five years if in the meantime the population has been weakened or destroyed by inadequate water flows.” The ruling is good news for salmon as well as the commercial fishing and Native American communities that depend on them. ONRC and other salmon advocates will work to boost
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ONRC Scores Victory for the Klamath River, Salmon
In January, ONRC succeeded in stopping the Bush administration’s ten-year Klamath River water scheme that would have run the clock out on coho salmon by depriving them of the water they need to survive.
People and Places
Welcome new ONRC staff!
She’s been active in conservation causes for more than 15 years, including coordinating college student participation in development of 1990 Arizona Wilderness legislation. She later served as the executive director of a non-profit organization that protected Arizona’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources. t ow a the sn Most recently she n i an, ying herm ff pla S a e led a statewide t i s l . Ju NRC left) isher F m w New O o e r public lands pro(f tth d Ma River n e t a i t h tection campaign for W an Caur tine the Sierra Club. Julie has a BS in Chris biology and is completing her master’s degree in biogeography and oin us in welcoming three ecology. new ONRC staff members who are working hard to protect Christine Caurant was recently hired and restore Oregon’s wildlands, as ONRC’s NW Field Representative. wildlife, and waters! A conservation biologist and naturalist, she received a BA in Biology and Julie Sherman will coordinate Environmental Studies from U.C. ONRC’s Lewis and Clark Mount Santa Cruz and studied community Hood Wilderness protection efforts. participation in environmental policy
through the Master of Arts program at Humboldt State University. She also worked on the hard-fought and successful campaign to the stop Pacific Lumber Corporation’s recall of proconservation District Attorney Paul Gallegos. Christine will safeguard our public lands and waters and defend landmark environmental laws. After a year of community service as an AmeriCorps member, Matthew Fisher returns to ONRC as our Roadless Forest Campaign Coordinator. During the 2004 Roadless Area Rule campaign, he brought ONRC’s message of wild forest protection to the public. In 2005, Governor Kulongoski appointed him to the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. Matt, who graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Environmental Studies and a minor in physical geography, will work with a broad coalition to ensure that Oregon’s pristine roadless forests remain an enduring legacy for all Oregonians. Welcome Julie, Christine, and Matt!
ONRC Lewis & Clark Event Packs the House!
n December we enjoyed a great event that packed the Oregon Historical Society with over 250 friends! We celebrated the culmination of our Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness photo contest (see winning photo on cover), were entertained by historian Roger Wendlick and capped the evening off with a tour of the remarkable Lewis and Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition.
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Huge thanks go to our co-sponsor Orlo, the photographers who sent us their fantastic wilderness images and to all the volunteers who helped make the evening a success! We are also grateful to event contributors Timberline Lodge; Kaminash and Associates, LCC; Clear Creek Distillery; Tilbury, Ferguson & Neuburg; KPOJ Air America; WillaKenzie Estate; Environmental Paper & Print; Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.; Cameron Winery; Bethel Heights
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Vineyard; Laurelwood Public House & Brewery; The Bear Deluxe Magazine; Breitenbush Hot Springs; Educational Recreation Adventures; Looking Glass Bookstore; Patagonia; Positive Negatives Photography; Pro Photo Supply; REI; and Wildflower Café.
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determined to help safeguard the vistas he found so inspiring, and the animals that depend on their continued preservation.
Following a successful career in business, Rick founded Earth Friends Wildlife Foundation in 1995 as a second career. He was
“I feel a tremendous sense of purpose and excitement with building the ‘business’ of our conservation philanthropy with Earth Friends Wildlife Foundation. What could be more important to the future of our civilization than clean air, clean water, non-toxic land to live on, and space for all of the wild things of creation to live?”
he rare beauty of the west first captured Earth Friends Wildlife Foundation's founder Rick Flory during a family vacation. “When I was about 13 years old my family took a vacation out west in a pickup camper. I was raised in Defiance, Ohio, and I'd never seen anything like the landscapes of the west.”
Earth Friends Wildlife Foundation partners with ONRC in our efforts to protect and restore Oregon’s precious old growth and wildlife habitat. “ONRC is committed to issues that I think are important: protecting the forests that endangered animals like lynx and salmon depend on while providing local communities with jobs that achieve important conservation goals. This is a balanced approach to conservation and economics which we appreciate.” As a successful businessman, Rick brings a unique perspective to conservation and philanthropy. “One of the niches we have as a conservation organization is our business-like approach to our grantmaking and partnerships. All our grants are challenge grants, and we encourage our partners to market themselves and underscore the importance of the fundraising side of conservation.” Thank you, Earth Friends Wildlife Foundation and ONRC members for your generous support!
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For details, please visit www.onrc.org or contact ONRC staff. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Saturday, April 8 Clackamas Canyon Old Growth & River Hike Contact Julie at 503-283-6343 x 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 29 McKenzie River Trail Old Growth & Logging Sale Hike Contact Chandra at 541-344-0675 or email@example.com
Saturday, May 20 Maryâ€™s Peak Coast Range Old Growth & Meadow Hike Contact Chandra at 541-344-0675 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, June 3 Three Pyramids Roadless Area & Logging Sale Hike Contact Chandra at 541-344-0675 or email@example.com
Be sure to check our events page at www.onrc.org for the latest hike additions and Wilderness Week schedule!
SAVE THE DATES: WILDERNESS WEEK IS JUNE 24 - JULY 2
Visit the wild places you want to see with the people who know them best. Watch your mail for a complete guide to Wilderness Week hikes, campouts and more!
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