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Headlines for December 2010

PFT Delivers an Outside-the-Box Salute to U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley in Portland, Oregon

December 29, 2010
The Pacific Forest Trust presented the Honorable Jeff Merkley with its Outside-the-Box award in Portland earlier this month, at a festive reception held to honor one of the U.S. Senate's most committed forest champions. Senator Merkley has been an outspoken advocate for forests in Oregon and beyond since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. A key supporter of our efforts to complete Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM), Merkley's first vote as a U.S. Senator was in favor of a public lands bill that creates new wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, and national recreation areas across Oregon, including creation of the 23,000-acre Soda Mountain Wilderness Area in the CSNM.

CA's Landmark Climate Regulations Embrace Forests as Key Tool for Reducing Emissions

December 21, 2010
California's Air Resources Board has adopted historic regulations governing a statewide program designed to cap and reduce the greenhouse gases driving climate change. The new rules promise significant benefits to the atmosphere, forests and landowners, by creating the first compliance carbon market in the world to include offset projects that reduce greenhouse emissions through improved forest management. Read a statement from PFT President Laurie Wayburn in our press release, or link to public comments from PFT and our partners from the full story.

Longstanding Federal Land Conservation Fund At Risk in New Political Climate

December 21, 2010
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is the nation's premier land conservation program. Funded by offshore oil and gas royalties, the 46-year-old program has provided roughly $6 billion for land conservation projects -- like our work in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) -- across the country. But political wrangling over how to address budget shortfalls and the national debt threaten this venerable program, which doesn't cost taxpayers a cent.

Klamath-Cascade Advisory Council Begins Work in Vital California Watershed Region

December 21, 2010
The Klamath-Cascade region is one of California's vast unheralded treasures. Spanning 9.8 million acres of the state's northern forests - from Mt. Lassen and the headwaters of the Feather River across the slopes of Mt. Shasta on up into Oregon - it provides drinking water for millions of Californians. Building awareness of the Klamath-Cascade's broad array of natural and social values - as well as what threatens them - is a central goal of the newly formed Klamath-Cascade Advisory Council, which the Pacific Forest Trust convened for the first time in Nov.

PFT Transfers Key Lands at Heart of Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

December 13, 2010
Last week the Pacific Forest Trust was delighted to announce our transfer of 300 acres into Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a big win for wildlife in the nation's first monument created solely for the preservation of biodiversity. Purchased from willing sellers, these former commercial timber lands are located at the heart of the Monument.

 

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