Action Alert

Approximately once per month, we issue e-mail alerts with opportunities to participate in meaningful advocacy efforts. We try to include links that enable members to contact legislators about timely conservation issues.

To be added to the list, please contact Debbie at dschlenoff (at) msn.com with your name and e-mail address.

To see a list of public officials you can contact, please click on the following: Links to Public Officials

Lane County Plans to Resume Roadside Spray of Herbicides Immediately

Since 2008, Lane County has maintained roadways mechanically without the use of chemicals that may harm the health of people and wildlife. Some problem areas were identified and a task force recommended allowing limited use of roadside spray.  Recently the county announced that it would resume roadside spray along 400 miles of guardrails. They did not respond to requests for information about how they identified or prioritized areas in need of spray despite the fact that the task force clearly stated “All decision making and process development will be transparent to the public and guided by human and environmental health considerations.”

Further, a public works representative agreed with concerns about toxic run-off during the rainy season and indicated they would not spray at this time.  Yet, road signs indicate that the herbicide application will proceed NOW.

Please contact the county administrator and ask that they stop the herbicide spray plan immediately until a public hearing can be arranged. We need more information and a chance for public input.

Steve Mokrohisky, County Administrator
CountyAdministrator@co.lane.or.us

Phone (541) 682-4203

Together for Birds

In light of recent moves to roll back environmental protections, the American Bird Conservancy is circulating a petition entitled Together for the Birds. The group encourages everyone who cares about birds to sign this petition. It asks the new Administration and Congress to protect conservation priorities that protect wildlife and the environment we share with them. 

FMI: abcbird.org

NPS PEPC-California Condor Restoration Plan Scoping 2017-Comments by Feb 28th

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and Yurok Tribe are considering release of California Condors in northern California. Support the reintroduction of the California Condor to Oregon and urge policy makers to provide full protection for this endangered but recovering species. It would be a thrill to see these magnificent, intelligent, and social birds soaring in Oregon once again but if we are going to invite them back, we must take steps to ensure that they are not poisoned when consuming carcasses and gut-piles left by hunters using lead ammunition.

Please send comments to the link below by Feb 28 (Click on "Read More")

Lane Audubon Action Alert: Comments on BLM proposal

Your input is needed on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan for our public forests.

Deadline Friday, August 21. Submit comments at: 
http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/comments.php

The plan is for management of 2.6 million acres of federal land in western Oregon. Unfortunately, most of the proposed options increase clearcutting, reduce streamside buffers, and increase road construction.

  • The BLM should protect mature and old growth forest and work to conserve habitat that so many species depend on.
  • The BLM should not decrease streamside buffers.  Let’s keep the water cool and clean to support fish and drinking water.
  • The BLM should not allow further road construction which fragments valuable habitat and delivers sediment to streams.

 

None of the proposed alternatives provides a sound plan for ecosystem management. Please urge decision makers to present an alternative that values the forest for recreation, a multi-billion dollar industry; that protects habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife; and that guards the ecosystem services such as clean water and carbon storage that an intact forest provides.

Thank you.

Questions?  Please contact Debbie at dschlenoff (at) msn.com

Lane Audubon Action Alert: Crisis in the Lower Klamath Basin

The refuges in the lower Klamath Basin are a key stop on the Pacific Flyway. Drought and water diversion for irrigation has led to a crisis for tens of thousands of shorebirds that migrate through the lower Klamath. The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is practically dry and the birds pack into Tule Lake. As the birds crowd into this very small area, they contract avian botulism. So far volunteers have picked up 4,500 dead birds and refuge biologists estimate that twice that number have been killed this year by the outbreak. Continue reading to find out how you can take action...