2012-2013 Accomplishments

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Wildlands

  • Protections for the Rogue River, including 58,000 acres of Wilderness and 93 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, passed the US House and passed out of the full US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
  • Efforts to protect the old-growth forests in the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness area passed the US House and the US Senate.
  • Established and expanded a coalition of allies for the Crater Lake Wilderness campaign.
  • Designation of the Molalla Wild & Scenic River passed the U.S. House of Representatives and cleared the full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
  • In our eastside collaboration work the restoration concept of protecting all old growth of all sizes and species has now been implemented on over 100,000 acres of projects on the Malheur and Umatilla National Forests.
  • To protect western Oregon forests on BLM land known as the O&C forests:
    • Gathered thousands of signatures on petitions, postcards, and online letters to Senator Wyden and Congressman DeFazio urging them to protect O&C forests.
    • Held four public forums in Eugene, Cottage Grove, Roseburg, and Corvallis on the importance of and threats to western Oregon O&C lands featuring economic and local perspectives.
    • The “Rally for Public Lands” outside Senator Wyden’s Portland office drew approximately 200 people calling for protecting clean water, wildlife and recreation on O&C lands.
    • Tours, background papers, and  website draw attention to new wave of proposed clearcutting in western Oregon known as “eco-forestry.”
    • Launched “Welcome to Oregon, Home of the Clearcut!” advertising campaign in Eugene and Portland airports. Ads, and resulting legal battle with the Port of Portland, sparks major public debate over clearcutting and the conservation of public lands in Western Oregon.
  • Continued to work with stakeholders like watershed councils and federal agencies in collaborative groups in western Oregon to promote ecological restoration for forests and watersheds.
  • Submitted comments on over 100 projects proposed by the Forest Service or BLM across Oregon. Challenged 14 project decisions, 3 of which were successfully resolved.

Wildlife

  • Successfully negotiated a legal settlement in a long running court battle with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, giving Oregon the most progressive wolf conservation plan in the nation and setting the stage for recovering this keystone species to high quality habitat across the state.
  • Oregon Wild teamed up with conservation allies to stop proposed legislation to ban non-hunting and fishing Oregonians from serving on the state Wildlife Commission.
  • Stopped several bills in the Oregon House of Representatives that would have weakened protections for Oregon’s fragile population of gray wolves and other endangered species.
  • Began work on a conservation plan for the recovery of endangered sea otters to the Oregon Coast.
  • Led the 4th annual Wolf Rendezvous to Oregon’s wolf country and generated positive attention on wolf recovery in media outlets from the local to national level including Oregon Business Magazine, Channel One News, Orion, and others.
  • Generated nearly 3,000 public comments opposing the Obama administration’s misguided proposal to strip wolves of basic federal protections.

Waters

  • Passed Senate Bill 838 in the Oregon legislature to address the invasion of Oregon’s rivers by noisy, polluting suction dredge mining. This bill curtails the explosion of suction dredge mining permits, bringing permit numbers back to 2008 levels (a two-thirds reduction), and puts key salmon habitat across the state off limits.
  • After a decades-long campaign, Oregon Wild and coalition partners succeeded in finally protecting the purity and solitude of Waldo Lake when Governor Kitzhaber signed a bill banning noisy and polluting gas motors from this Oregon treasure.
  • Oregon Wild drew national attention to the plight of the Klamath National Wildlife Refuges during the punishing summer drought, generating thousands of emails, phone calls, and letters to Senator Wyden and the Obama administration.
  • Participated in the “Klamath Basin Task Force” convened by Senator Ron Wyden and Governor John Kitzhaber, advocating for wildlife and the restoration of wetlands.

Connecting people to wild places

  • Led nearly 40 wildflower, mushroom, wildlife viewing, snowshoe, and old-growth hikes to protected and proposed Wilderness areas across the state. These outings provided hundreds of individuals with a gateway to our state’s many natural treasures.
  • Organized the ninth annual Outdoor Photo Contest with over 100 participants, including a sold-out unveiling event with over 325 people in attendance.
  • Released our fourth semi-annual 10 Most Endangered Places report which featured wild areas at-risk across the state, with a special emphasis this year on western Oregon federal forests managed by the BLM.
  • Launched Backyard Forests, a website highlighting special places on BLM lands in western Oregon, their important values, and threats they may be subject to.
  • Hosted nine Oregon Wild Wednesday events in Portland, Eugene, Medford, and Hood River drawing over 450 people to hear from conservation speakers on topics ranging from adventure filming to whitewater kayaking.