Friday, September 19, 2008

NEWS FROM MY OREGON HOME

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A few years ago my Brasilia friends Cesar, Paula and Roberta visited one my favorite giant Coastal Redwoods in Jedediah Smith State Park located in California just south of my Oregon home.

And here's my tree-hugging friend Katherine Roncalio from Takilma.

Katherine with Redwood

In today's New York Times there's a travelogue about taking a vacation tour through this Land of the Giants.

Fortunately, a lot of the California area has been protected. Now, there's a special opportunity to achieve more protection in Oregon. Here's the action alert from our grassroots environmental group...

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The US Senate is about to vote on a major package of public lands bills. This package contains over 90 bills, including several that will protect critical areas in Oregon. Please call Oregon's Senator's Smith and Wyden.

Oregonians have worked hard for years to protect places like Mount Hood, Copper Salmon and Soda Mountain. Protecting these areas are a top priority. The proposal includes:

* Copper-Salmon Wilderness - protects an intact watershed in the Siskiyou Wild rivers area that is home to healthy runs of wild winter steelhead, fall Chinook, coho salmon and sea-run cutthroat trout.

* Soda Mountain Wilderness - protects one of the most important wildlife corridors in Oregon, linking the Cascades and the Klamath Mountains.

* Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act - protects wildlife habitat, carbon sequestering forests and clean drinking water in the Gorge and on the slopes of Mount Hood.

* Spring Basin and Badlands Wilderness - protects wildlife habitat, high desert wildflowers and ancient juniper trees near Bend and along the John Day River.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Call Senator's Smith (503-326-3386) and Wyden (503-326-7525) and let them know you strongly support the public lands package (bill # 3213) and urge them to ensure Oregon's natural areas are protected this year. Encourage Senator Smith to make sure his Republican colleagues don't try to stop this important bill from passing.

For more information contact the Siskiyou Project at:

213 SE H. St.
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Office: 541-476-6648

or visit The Siskiyou Project website.

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