Posts Tagged ‘Riparian reduction


Habitat Preservation (Back to Basics…NSW Habitat Considerations)

NSW Government: Fishing and Aquaculture (Habitat)

“Human activities that destroy aquatic vegetation, block channels and waterways, and disturb the balance between sediment and water flows in rivers and estuaries all contribute to the destruction of fish habitat.” Doesn’t matter whether it is in New South Wales, Oregon or Poland. The basics of habitat preservation are elementary and often ignored. Seems elementary to know this. Not so easy to affect sustained policy and financing to maintain changes.


Environmental Alert: Oregon Fisheries & BLM Damage Looming (Write Gov. Kulongoski asap!)


The Western Oregon Plan Revision is the BLM’s attempt to ramp up logging and dramatically reduce riparian protections on 2.6  million acres of land in the western part of the state managed by that agency. The timber industry asserted in a lawsuit that the Northwest Forest Plan cannot apply to Oregon BLM lands, most of which were acquired through the Oregon and California Railroad Act.  Instead of defending itself, the agency rolled over and scrapped the Northwest Forest Plan in favor of the WOPR.

The BLM also plans to reduce existing Northwest Forest Plan riparian buffer widths by 50%  on fish bearing waters as well as on intermittent streams.  This will result in over 130,000 acres of previously protected riparian forest being opened to logging.  This is not just an academic issue.  It puts the waters we love to fish at risk….

Currently, the WOPR is sitting on the Governor’s desk as he evaluates the plan for consistency with Oregon law.  Please write him a personal email as an angler expressing your concern about this plan.

Please complete the email letter to Oregon Governor Kulongoski and follow the format provided in the OFFB and Moldy Chum sites.

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