15 minutes of fame: Sportsmen slam the WOPR

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.


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Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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4 Responses to 15 minutes of fame: Sportsmen slam the WOPR

  1. O.D says:

    Rich people may think that if the wildlife in their large and fancy estate will saved it won’t hit them- they believe that their bird’s fish and trees don’t need relatives or predators to exist. The realization that nature ‘management forces’ (like natural genetics immunities or population control) will eventually have to rebalance all artificial wrongs is obviously absent from their minds.
    They prefer to listen and quote the scientists they’ve hired only for their P.R and in some cases- they even start to believe them 😦

  2. Karl says:

    I loved the BLM guys comment that any belief that the plan would ‘immediately degrade water quality is way ahead of the power curve.’

    That is a classic method–set up a straw man and knock it down while trying to make the opposition look shrill.

    Did we or anyone else say the draft plan would immediately harm water quality? What I’m worried about is water quality degradation down the road and for the long term. Also, the comments that the plan is in flux is bull! They have developed 3 alternatives. They claim they cannot do the no action alternative so tha leaves Alt. 2 and Alt. 3. Both are crappy for wildlife. Alt. 2, the preferred alternative is worse.

    Any substantive modifications would likey require a new DEIS, no?

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  4. Luke says:

    There is no ‘rich people’ conspiracy behind using PUBLIC renewable resources. Timber receipts go to counties. The rest goes to planning, logging, mills, and back into the community. No one in the industry wants to kill fish. Also, no one in the industry wants to watch Old trees rot, small trees choke and die from lack of thinning, or overpopulated stands burn to the ground at outrageous costs to taxpayers due to the Roadless Act. Responsible harvests and great recreation can easily coincide. This plan is talking about a harvest at a level less than half the annual growth! I truly hope your fishing improves, although it will never pay the bills. Do you have the kind of money Oregon Wild does? Align with them, you will end up with rotten trees, burnt trees, broke counties, closed schools, and soon enough they will be trying to end fishing as well.

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