This morning Karl and I drove out to the Coast Range to meet intrepid KVAL reporter Meghan Kalkstein to discuss the BLM WOPR. For those of you in the dark, the BLM WOPR is either a lunatic plan by the timber industry and Bush Administration to spit in the face of science and public opinion by ramping up cutting of old growth forests and trashing endangered species protection. Or it’s a brilliant ruse to keep environmentalists scrambling while something even shadier goes on behind the scenes (as suggested by a paranoid, but scarily convincing column in the Eugene Weekly).
Either way, it’s really bad for fish. And you don’t mess with Karl’s fish. You can check out the video on the KVAL Website, the story is called Thousands comment on Western Oregon Plan Revision. I’m working on figuring out how to put the video on YouTube. KVAL only keeps the video online a couple months. If you have any suggestions on how to do it, send them along.
During the interview, BLM official Doug Huntington says “nothing is set in stone” and we shoudn’t “jump to the conclusion that this draft proposal will immediately degrade water quality”.
So… what you’re saying is, you’re going to roll back the protections and we’re just supposed to sit here and trust that you’re not going to fuck up our river? Right. Thanks Doug, I feel better already. You guys have done such a great job keeping the Coast Range wild salmon stocks healthy so far, I mean… I don’t know what the big deal is.
Trout Unlimited, Karl and I come off looking pretty cool in the video, but we have to give the credit to the folks at Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands and the cadre of other environmental scientists that have been working on this issue every single day for the last several months. And we especially have to thank the other hunting and angling organizations that signed on to oppose this horrible plan, including:
Oregon Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Oregon Division Izaak Walton League of America, Oregon Council Federation of Fly Fishers, Northwest Steelheaders, Berkley Conservation Institute and Native Fish Society.
The BLM comment period on the WOPR ends tomorrow, so if you want to stop by the site and jam a few more emails down their throats, please feel free.