Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project– Updates From the 2016 Field Season
Thank you everyone who helped support this year’s field season! We are wrapping up our field checking work, and so want to send out a few of the highlights from our busy summer.
With the help of over 30 volunteers, we’ve been hard at work gathering on-the-ground information in numerous timber sales proposed on National Forests in eastern Oregon.
We filed litigation to stop a unique and ecologically important old growth fir forest from being logged in the Walton Lake timber sale in the Ochoco National Forest. The area proposed for commercial logging encompasses a magnificent old growth forest with Ponderosa pines up to 61” diameter at breast height (dbh), Douglas firs up to 60” dbh, and Grand firs up to 57” dbh. This proposed 200-acre timber sale is an effort to get away with logging large old trees in a popular recreation area. Read our fact sheet here, and link to the article in the Bend Bulletin here.
We’ve also been busy getting the word out about threats to the forest from climate change, logging, livestock grazing, and roads. We’ve engaged in a host of interviews, activist trainings, and outreach events. A couple of examples include:
To see more pictures and learn more about these events click here.
In other big news, we’ve started the process of becoming our own independent 501c3 non-profit! We are very grateful to the League of Wilderness Defenders for providing support and allowing us to be a part of this amazing non-profit organization for many years. However, we will be stepping out on our own in the coming months. We are very excited to have a brand new dedicated and amazing Board of Directors. Stay tuned for more updates.
These are just a few highlights from the last few months—look for our Annual Work Report later this fall for a more detailed report of what we’ve been up to. For now, please check out information on the Camp Lick sale, and pictures and information from some of our trainings and outreach events.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, or supporting us through your donations, please contact Karen Coulter at 541-385-9167 or Paula Hood at 510-715-6238 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can donate online through our website or by clicking here.