Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project has been working to protect and restore the ecosystems of Eastern Oregon since 1991. We work to stop or modify projects on federal lands that threaten ecological integrity and biodiversity, such as logging, road building, livestock grazing, herbicide and biocide use, and mining. Our work area includes the Blue Mountains in the Malheur, Ochoco, and Umatilla National Forests, and the Eastern Oregon Cascades in the Deschutes National Forest. Our work is important for the conservation of numerous species, including salmon, wolves, lynx, rare woodpeckers, Pacific fishers, marten, and wolverine.
We field-check every major timber sale in our geographic work area. Getting to look at timber sales and grazing allotments in person provides us with valuable information including possible legal violations within the timber sale, specific environmental conditions, and which areas to prioritize for defending. During the upcoming field season we will field-check all major timber sales (usually between four and six sales) and selected livestock grazing allotments. Volunteers are the backbone of our field-checking efforts. A typical timber sale in easter Oregon ranges from 4,000 to 10,000 acres (or more!) of commercial logging. Throughout the year we are hard at work putting the site-specific information we gather in the field to use through public comments, legal challenges, and public education. Through our summer volunteer program, we have trained over 235 interns in forest ecology and activist skills.
No other organization in eastern Oregon covers as much ground as we do (literally!), and no other organization so consistently and strongly challenges destructive timber sales and toxic herbicide use. However, we face financial challenges to fully fund our field seasons and the follow-up work such as engagement in the public comment process. Luckily, we are fortunate to have a community of experienced volunteers helping us with fundraising efforts and with field-checking. We also have a well-established reputation for important environmental victories. Please help us continue to “walk our talk” in the forests. Thank you!