National Forest Planning Rules: Many Good Concepts, But Vulnerable to Flawed Execution and Weakened Wildlife Safeguards

Randi Spivak, Geos Institute, 310-779-4894 (cell)
Dominick DellaSala, Geos Institute, 541‐482‐4459; 541‐621-7223

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Washington D.C. and Ashland, OR – The USDA Forest Service unveiled its proposed National Forest Planning Rule yesterday that is intended to establish a new national framework for land management plans governing 193 million acres of some of the most ecologically valuable lands and waters in the nation. The proposed planning rule provides guidance on what the agency intends to emphasize on the National Forest System; however, it leaves this mostly open to the discretion of local agency officials.

Jefferson Nature Center Hosts Events

Four showcase events: “Shifting Patterns: Preparing for Unsettled Days”

Ashland, Oregon

Jefferson Nature Center is coordinating “Shifting Patterns: Preparing for Unsettled Days,” a climate change arts project that connects sixteen local artists with scientists at the GEOS Institute. “Shifting Patterns” artistic participants include writers, visual artists and performance artists.

Oregon’s Rogue River Basin to face climate-change hurdles

GEOS Institute and University of Oregon’s Climate Leadership Initiative collaborate to look at 2030 & 2080

EUGENE, OR   Three major global climate-change projections scaled down to Oregon’s scenic Rogue River watershed point to hotter, dryer summers with increasing wildfire risk, reduced snowpack and more rainy, stormy winters, according to a report coordinated by the University of Oregon’s Climate Leadership Initiative and the GEOS Institute.


Scientists seek protection for 26 million acres of public lands

Researchers ask Congress to vote yes on National Landscape Conservation System


Richard S. Nauman, conservation scientist
GEOS Institute – Ashland, Oregon
(541) 482-4459, ext. 307, richard’s email

Christopher Lancette, communications director
The Wilderness Society
(202) 429-2692

Ashland, OR    A group of 31 independent scientists representing 14 states today endorsed a national effort to provide permanent protection for the National Landscape Conservation System — a unified system of conservation lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). All the scientists have extensive experience in field research, particularly involving Conservation System lands, and are calling on Congress to support the National Landscape Conservation System Act (HR 2016). The legislation received a yes vote today from the House Natural Resources Committee and now makes its way toward a vote by the full House.

Conservation Science Group Announces Winners of Annual Conservation Awards

Ashland, OR    Five exemplary individuals and organizations that led the way in 2007 in protecting life on earth were honored recently by the National Center for Conservation Science & Policy.  “The world is a measurably better place because of the efforts of our most recent Conservation Award winners,” said Matthew McMcKinnon, Vice President the Board of Directors of the National Center.

Senator Ron Wyden, for his work on endangered species, and State Representative Peter Buckley, for his 100% Oregon League of Conservation Voters record, were recognized with the National Center’s 2007 Conservation Integrity Award.  The Seattle Office of Earthjustice, for their success in protecting salmon, steelhead and old-growth forests, and Randi Spivak, for her work with grassroots coalitions in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the nation, received 2007 Conservation Leadership Awards.  The Williams Creek Watershed Council was recognized with the 2007 Headwaters Heritage Award to honor their efforts to restore local streams to support returning salmon and steelhead.


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