Marbled Murrelet, Thomas Hamer

The "O&C Land Grant Act," S. 132, seeks to increase logging on 2.6 million acres of federal forests in western Oregon known as "O&C lands" now managed under President Clinton’s Northwest Forest Plan, which studies show is working to improve water quality, restore wildlife habitat, and strengthen Oregon’s economy. 

For endangered birds of the West, including Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet, the O&C Land Grant Act would have a significant impact on habitat by increasing forest fragmentation. The threatened Marbled Murrelet would lose as much as 20 percent of its remaining habitat in southern Oregon. The bill also shrinks streamside buffers that protect water quality and wildlife habitat, limits the public's ability to participate in how their public lands are managed, and allows widespread clearcutting instead of current science-based efforts to thin the forest.

Please take a moment to express your concerns to your Senators and urge them to oppose the about the O&C Land Grant Act.

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  • Secretary of the Interior Sarah 'Sally' M. Jewell
  • Director Dan Ashe
  • Director Neil Kornze


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Please Oppose S. 132, the O & C Land Grant Act

Dear  [Decision Maker],

Please oppose the proposed O & C Land Grant Act, S. 132. The federally-managed forests this bill affects in Oregon include rivers and streams that provide clean drinking water, habitat for imperiled fish and wildlife, opportunities for nearby outdoor recreation, and scenic values that help drive the region's tourism and outdoor recreation industries.

Thank you for considering my concerns. Please contact me to let me know the Senator's position on this harmful legislation.

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