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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Nothing You Can Do

    LOOK OUT UMPQUA
    Oregon To Sell Forest
    150 miles of fish rivers going away
    ELLIOT STATE FOREST - [courtesy The Oregonian]
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    .. A note in THE OREGONIAN details the latest maneuvers of Oregon State to sell a publicly accessible state forest to pay for schools.
    .. Although the state has responsibly logged in the forest for years it says it cannot make money. It believes that private logging will pay the price, (221 million dollars,) and make some money.
    .. No trespassing signs are already going up on public lands. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership suggest contacting a ranger about the signs. HUH?????
    .. A bid for the lands has been made by the  Lone Rock Timber Management company and several Native American tribes and 'The Conservation Fund.'
    .. The forest is home to two threatened birds, (Northern spotted owl, Marbled murrelet,) and watershed for Coastal coho salmon.
    .. This is a proposed state action taken by the Oregon State Land Board. The decision  to sell is in distinct and direct opposition to the plan for saving the forest proposed by the Governor of the State of Oregon, (Kate Brown.) The folks of Coos Bay are divided on the action.
    .. If you live in Oregon it's time to get involved before the sale is finalized. If you fish the Umpqua River it's time to get involved.

    RESOURCES:
    >> The Oregonian
    >> The Elliot State Forest - fact sheet
    >> The Register-Guard
    >> Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
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    .. Now that breakfast is over and, now that the clouds have rolled in and, now that the sun has warmed the air, it's time for a brief sojourn to the open water for some R & R.
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