Some of you may have come
across a recent notice about the Standing Rock victory of having a judge
confirm that the feds, Army Corps of Engineers in this case, should have
done an EIS (environmental impact statement) before approving work on the
DAPL pipeline to procede. This is a very similar type of dispute to the
one we have been involved in since 2013 in relation to a controversial
local timber sale, the “Lower Grave Vegetation Management” sale, which
increases the depletion of our local forest structure. (see overlay map
We are by far not as far
down that road and much farther away from a verdict such as theirs, but
we are actually hoping that we don’t have to go to a federal judge and
that the DOI Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) comes our way sufficiently to
mandate such an EIS.
This, incidentally, is the
type of work intended to be supported by the Shakti Moon Foundation.
Previous involvement (2011
to 2016) focused on the threat of a 210 acre gravel pit project smack in
the middle of the convergence of two fish bearing streams in our rural
residential Sunny Valley. The issues are very complex and involve local,
state and federal law and tidal waves of politics and corruption.
you feel you wish to support our work, don't hesitate.
The red line shows some of
the Eastern boundary of the watershed. Whatever is not green has been logged.
The brighter rectangle is
an overlay of the proposed timber sale, which threatens to continue the
depletion of crucial vegetation.
Despite all the details,
this image can't even come close to doing justice to the complexity of
soil type, slopes, fracturing, streams, tributaries,
spawning grounds, climate
change, canopy closures and the lack thereof, roads (temporary or permanent)
and the disruption and/or
sediment contamination they pose, and on and on.
While The Amazon Rainforest
may be far away and "sexy" in terms of publicity & donation trigger,
this is an example of threats
that are right here, in front of our door.
Unlike some household name
advocacy organizations, we do not make deals.
To see a gallery of violations
by the Bureau of Land Management and their contractors and the timber sale
recipients, you can go here.
These images document violations
only over the past eight years.,