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How do you see the forest?
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has began the process of writing their Travel Management Plan, with the goal of publishing a map that shows which roads and trails are open to motorized travel. If it is not on the map then it is not open to public use.
The final plan will determine much about how we see, and protect the unique values of our National Forest. Siskiyou Project’s goal is to ensure that destructive roads are closed through this process. Roads which cause harm to sensitive botanical areas, create sediment sources impacting fish, and create conflicts with quite recreation uses are the focus of our attention.
Siskiyou Project, with KS Wild and other allies, submitted a Citizen’s Alternative to the Forest Service’s Travel Management analysis team. We need your help to ensure that the Forest Service includes our alternative in their draft environmental impact statement.
The major points of our proposal:
. Existing roads to recreational sites such as campgrounds, trailheads, lakes, and boat launches would be maintained for low clearance vehicles and open to licensed (street legal) vehicles only.
* Motorized travel would not be allowed on user created roads.
* Non-licensed motorized vehicles would be prohibited in
campgrounds, day use areas, established hiking and equestrian trails, roadless areas, botanical areas, research natural areas, riparian reserves, and wild and scenic corridors except for specified areas in Prospect Off-Highway Vehicle Area.
* Some logging and mining roads would be maintained for high clearance vehicles and limited to administrative Forest Service use, special permitted use (e.g. miners, contractors, wood cutters, etc.), and non-licensed motorized use during fall center fire deer season (October 1-November 10).
* Mandatory monitoring, public education, and law enforcement equally distributed on all ranger districts.
Please send a letter or give a call and ask that the Citizen’s Alternative submitted by Siskiyou Project be considered in the Environmental Impact Statement.
Scott Conroy, Forest Supervisor
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504
Recently, Siskiyou Project teamed up with Epicocity, KS Wild and American Rivers to produce a short film promoting the Save the Wild Rogue Campaign. The film has been showing at Patagonia’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Check it out!
Wake Up, Freak Out-then get a grip!
It’s much, much later than you think.
This really isn’t about polar bears any more. It turns out that the way we have been calculating the future impacts of climate change up to now has been missing a really important piece of the picture. It seems we are now dangerously close to the tipping point in the world’s climate system; this is the point of no return, after which truly catastrophic changes become inevitable.
<http://wakeupfreakout.org/film/tipping.html> Wake Up, Freak Out-then
Get a Grip is a short, animated film about climate change by Leo Murray.
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Executive Director, Siskiyou Project
213 SE H. St., Grants Pass, OR 97526
Office: 541-476-6648, Cell: 541-499-2064
Learn more about the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area and our efforts to secure permanent protection for its globally significant wild salmon, botanical diversity, wildlands and wild rivers at www.siskiyou.org