Action

LNG Rally. | Photo by Allen Hallmark

On this page you will find calls to action, such as requests that you write a letter, make a call, or send an e-mail; attend a hearing or a rally; submit comments on a land use decision or policy matter; or get involved in helping to organize a campaign.  Some significant new opportunities are listed below, along with some ongoing ways to get involved. 

Testify for Conservation of Oregon Public Land 

Elliott State Forest.
Elliott State Forest.

The Board of Forestry is considering what the guiding principles should be for the new Forest Management Plan. Despite being at record revenue, ODF is having severe budget problems because of their rapidly increasing costs. 

There is a serious danger that changes to the Forest Management Plan will make it even weaker on conservation. We need to stand up for principles that help protect conservation values on our public land.

Key Testimony Points: 

  • Species - Principle two needs to state that the plan will "contribute to the recovery of threatened and endangered species". Right now the draft principle only acknowledges the need for biodiversity but not the role our state lands should be playing to help the recovery of these species. 

  • Revenue Diversification and Financial Viability - Principle three speaks to financial viability. However, the language purely states that 98% of ODF's revenues are from timber sales. We want a commitment to diversify revenues to alleviate the pressure on ODF to continually clearcutting older trees. We are not asking for a specific way to diversify right now, just that the guiding principle states that the current business model is unsustainable and diverse revenue streams are needed to ensure conservation areas are not subject to endless pressure to harvest to pay ODF bills.

  • Climate Change - This one is a good start, but we would like more specific language stating that the plan will not only adapt to climate change, but also to state that the plan will contribute to the mitigation of global climate change via processes such as  forest carbon sequestration. We really want ODF to recognize that our state forests have a role to play to help mitigate climate change- even if it is a small percentage of the forests in Oregon- every tree helps!

  • Habitat Conservation Plan - A HCP is a top priority. ODF has begun the HCP process with an initial analysis of strategies and tradeoffs. They have assembled a core planning team that includes federal scientists, and they will later convene a stakeholder group. However, principle eight only indicates that the FMP could be coupled with a HCP. We want and need a commitment that ODF will pursue a HCP. 

The next BOF meeting is Tuesday, July 24th in Salem and the State Forest agenda item is set for 3p.m. This is an important meeting for us to turn out and provide testimony because this will help set the tone in which our state forest are managed. 

BOF Meeting Information: 

What: Board of Forestry Meeting 

When: Tuesday, July 24th at 3p- 5p

Where: State Forester’s Headquarters, 2600 State St, Salem, OR 97310

Why: The BOF is deciding the guiding principles of the Forest Management Plan revision, and Oregon’s State Forest should be managed for the benefit of all Oregonians, not just for timber interests.

If you would like to sign up and testify in person, please email Tara Brown, [email protected] . If you can't make it to the meeting, you can submit written testimony at: [email protected].

Demand Protection for Nehalem Scenic Waterway

Nehalem Scenic Waterway. | Photo courtesy of LNCT

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission is considering Scenic Waterway status for the Nehalem River.  The decision will be made at their next meeting.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Forestry has proposed widespread clearcutting of Oregon’s Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests in 2019, including large clearcuts in the proposed Nehalem River Scenic Waterway. The department also aims to open approximately 750 net acres of older forest to clearcutting, as well as to aerial spray thousands of acres.  

Eleven conservation and fishing groups asked the State Forester to further review and delay some of the most troublesome aspects of the Annual Operations Plans, which outline the management and timber harvests of state lands.

The comments submitted by the 11 groups asked for the Department of Forestry to delay the Woody Woodpecker Sale that would clearcut part of the proposed Nehalem State Scenic Waterway and to perform a biological review of the proposal to open 750 more acres of older forest to clearcutting.

Governor Kate Brown could help to protect the Nehalem and ensure the scenic, wildlife, and recreation values are protected through science-based management of our state-owned forests.

If you wish to urge Gov. Brown to protect the proposed Nehalem State Scenic Waterway and to support the conservation community recommendations to the State Forester, go here for her contact information.

Help Pass Legislation on Ocean Acidificiation

Oregon's Siletz Bay, like all estuaries threatened by acidification. | Photo by Dennis White

Keeping coastal and estuary waters healthy is important to anyone who cares about coastal environemtns. Don't sit back and watch politics harm our coastal communities. Join in taking action by asking your Member of Congress to cosponsor new legislation addressing ocean acidification in estuaries and coasts.

Shallow coastal waters are vital, productive habitats for fish, bivalves, crustaceans, birds and other wildlife. People relax and work in these areas, too. Fishing, boating, oyster farming, swimming and more attract people to these recreational and economic powerhouses.  But these coastal areas are where many human and natural processes come together, sometimes intensifying ocean acidification.

Recently, a bipartisan group of Members of Congress introduced the National Estuaries and Acidification Research (NEAR) Act of 2018 (HR 6270). This act will direct the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene experts that will evaluate what we know about acidification in estuaries and coasts, how other processes intensify it, and how we can close knowledge gaps with targeted scientific research in the coming years. This will help communities better understand and prepare for ocean acidification.

The NEAR Act HR 6270 represents the cutting edge of policy that will bring together good management and good science for our ocean. And you can help it gain traction by urging your Member of Congress to cosponsor it.

Stop LNG Pipelines

 LNG pipeline under construction.
LNG pipeline under construction.

Oregon Shores is active in attempting to block development of the Pacific Connector pipeline that would cross southern Oregon to feed the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export facility that would be built on Coos Bay's North Spit, which we also oppose.

Pipelines are an environmental problem nationally, and there is a national movement against them.  To learn more about this, and find out how to sign petitions and take other actions against pipelines carrying oil and gas, see the website: http://www.stopthepipelines.org/

A useful source of information about how to get involved is a series of webinars on anti-pipeline and anti-fracking activism offered by Halt the Harm: https://halttheharm.net/services/webinar-series/#past-webinars

Adopt a Mile of the Coast

Nye Beach in Oregon at sunset.
Nye Beach in Oregon at sunset. | Photo by Linda Cochran

One way to take action now, for those who are not already CoastWatchers, is to adopt a CoastWatch mile.  One of our goals for CoastWatch's 25th anniversary year, 2018, is to finally attain coverage of every mile of the Oregon coast through CoastWatch.  You can help us reach this goal by adopting a mile that is not receiving regular coverage. 

Participate in Citizen Science Research

Volunteers at work on a COASST survey.  Photo by Melissa Keyser.
Volunteers at work on a COASST survey. | Photo by Melissa Keyser

Another form of action is to participate in one of our citizen science surveys, such as those for marine debris, beached birds, sea stars, stranded marine mammals, and others.  For more information check out the CoastWatch section and this article on citizen science opportunities.

Ditch Single-Use Plastic Straws

Ditch The Straw. | Photo by Chanel Hason

Plastic straws are among the most common items found at Portland Chapter Surfrider cleanups – both on the Oregon coast and in Portland! They are not biodegradable, which means that every plastic straw created is still around in some form. Plastic has a huge impact on our ecosystems, wildlife and people, and it is the chapter’s goal to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment.

In August 2017, the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation launched the DitchTheStrawPDX program in the Portland-Metro area. The mission of the program is to assist businesses in reducing the number of plastic straws used by their customers. The chapter provides support to these businesses who agree to go straw free for an entire month as a pilot program demonstrating that paper straws are a sustainable, cost-effective alternative.

Surfrider Portland's Ask: Join their movement to reduce plastic straw pollution by piloting a straw-on-request program for one month. Eliminate plastic straws by only providing paper straws upon request.

Are You a Business Interested in Participating? 

Click Here & Help Be Part of the Solution

Are you an individual that wants to participate?

Next time you’re out, simply ask for no straw, post a photo and tag (@SurfriderPortland) and #DitchTheStrawPDX on social media! They need your help to spread the word and the message.

Interested in supporting this program as a volunteer? Contact [email protected]