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Wilderness50

Celebrate the Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary

1964 to 2014

On On September 3rd, the nation will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed this bill into law, 9.1 million acres of wildlands were set aside for the benefit and use of the American people. Over the past 50 years, over 100 million acres have been added. A national Wilderness50 team is planning educational events, projects, programs and products to raise awareness and appreciation of wilderness, culminating in a magnificent celebration and conference in Albuquerque, NM October 15-19, 2014. Visit the national celebration website at: www.wilderness50th.org. For more information on Oregon's Wilderness Areas and potential Wilderness, go to our dedicated Wilderness page: Wilderness 50th Celebration .

Ochoco Summit Trail System Project

Ochoco ORV Stream Crossing Ochoco ORV Stream Crossing

Sierra Club Files a Joint Objection to this Project

The Record of Decision (ROD) for this project was issued by the Ochoco National Forest Supervisor in March 2014. Alternative 3 Modified was selected to be implemented. This Alternative will created 129 miles of OHV roads and trails in the vicinity of Big Summit Prairie, including 50 miles of new construction, at a total cost of $535,047. The Sierra Club filed an objection to this ROD jointly with Wild Earth Guardians/Wildlands CPR, Oregon Wild, and Cascadia Wildlands on April 28, 2014. The full text of this Objection can be read at Ochoco Summit Trail System Project Objection. More information on this project and the bases for our Objection can be read on the Take Action/Federal Areas/Ochoco NF page.

The Sierra Club takes great exception with implementing any of the Alternatives other than Alternative 1, No Action. The impacts of increased OHV usage on existing forest experiences and values that are currently available in this public land would be too great, and the expenditure of precious funds for just 0.2% of users is not justified. The Ochoco’s would be irreparably degraded should this project plan proceed.

Juniper Group Book Club?

Adventure/Travel/Nature

Some of us in the Juniper Group are interested in starting a Book Club with a focus on adventure, travel and environmental topics. Our thought is to begin in January and keep it informal. We can hold the meetings once a month at someone's house and share ideas about what books to read, and once the group decides on a list, we’ll meet monthly to talk about our reactions and opinions. If you’re interested, please contact Cindy Harvey at charvey111@gmail.com.

Tran-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

Corporate Personhood on Steroids

Fast-Track Congressional vote by end of year targeted by Administration: As mentioned in our two most recent E-Newsletters, the TPP is being negotiated in unprecedented secrecy to avoid public outcry. The content, process and effects of this “NAFTA of the Pacific”, or “NAFTA on steroids,” are deeply troubling to our democracy, including the downward pressure on our fundamental environmental protections. While over 600 U.S. corporate trade lobbyists have access to negotiations as certified participants, the public, media and Congress are being denied any access. The TPP touches on a broad range of issues—the environment, workers’ wages and jobs, agriculture, health, food safety, access to medicines, and more.

Corporations will be able to Sue to Overturn US Law! A leaked draft of the investment section of TPP reveals that it will follow the model of allowing foreign corporations to sue governments directly, for unlimited cash compensation, over almost any domestic environmental or other law that the corporation believes is hurting its ability to profit. Not only would these cases threaten laws designed to protect our health and environment, they do so in a completely non-transparent manner. To date under other trade agreements, corporations such as Exxon Mobil and Dow Chemical have launched more than 500 cases against 95 governments, reaping mega bucks. The TPP would put corporations above national and state law. As Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida) stated, the TPP, “if approved by the Senate and signed by Obama, will nullify multiple areas of US law. It is the concrete realization of ‘corporate personhood’.”

The Multinational Corporate State: This means we could be facing more multinational corporate control, a weakened federal government, and an agreement wherein corporate profits take precedence over human rights and the earth… if TPP passes in Congress. We would have even less ability to make choices for our families and the kind of world we want to live in.

Contact your Congresspersons! If you have not yet, this is the time to contact Rep. Greg Walden and Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden to express disapproval of Fast-Track voting for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

State Forest "High Value Conservation Areas"

Support Our Campaign to Protect Our State Forests

The Oregon Chapter Sierra Club is part of the North Coast State Forest Coalition, and working on our behalf is Chris Smith in our Portland office. Chris is asking each of us to submit a comment to the Oregon Department of Forestry in favor of creating a new category for our state forests, called High Value Conservation Areas, in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. This designation will distinguish certain places defined as worthy of protection, as opposed to management of all forest areas as industrial tree farms. These new areas will help protect water quality, prevent landslides, protect fragile soils, conserve rare plants, and bolster habitat for native fish and wildlife, creating a more balanced approach to state forest management. Forests are the backbone of planet health, and the more forest we can set aside securely, the better.

For more information and to sign on to their ePetition, visit North Coast State Forest Coalition. Or, email ODFStateForestsComments@odf.state.or.us Or, mail your comment to John Barnes, Oregon Dept. of Forestry, 2600 State Street, Building D, Salem, OR 97310. You can reach Chris at chris.smith.505@gmail.com.

Crooked River Fish Protection

Legislation Threatens Crooked River Water Flows and Spawning Areas

Congressman Greg Walden has proposed legislation that would impact a part of the Wild and Scenic reach of the Crooked River, as well as water stored in the Prineville Reservoir located behind Bowman Dam. Portland Gas and Electric (PGE) and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will spend an estimated $360 million to re-establish salmon and steelhead runs to the upper Deschutes basin. This legislation is destructive to that effort by diverting necessary fish water flows to irrigation purposes and potentially destroying existing spawning areas. We need your help in opposing this bill. Go to our page Crooked River Fish Protection for more information on this threat to fish recovery and what you can do to oppose it.

Send Your EmailWe Need Your Email Address!

Because of cost, our communications from the Juniper Group to you, our members, have become all electronic. We send out a monthly email Newsletter (also avialable on E-Newsletters) to keep you up to date on what's happening in the Juniper Group area. But we need your email address to do that. The easiest way is to just fill out our Email Newsletter Signup Form and click Submit. You can also email our Chair and Newsletter Editor Gretchen Valido.