Wilderness and Biodiversity
In order to preserve and expand the capacity of regional and global ecosystems to provide humanity with sustenance and enjoyment while allowing natural evolution to continue, we propose the following actions:
- Repeal The Mining Act of 1872, minimize the extraction of oil, gas, and minerals, and tax extraction where it occurs.
- Protect gray wolf packs that have migrated into Oregon while creating co-existence plans for range owners and farmers.
- Maintain the ban on sport hunting cougars with dogs.
- Ban the unsustainable practice of corporate clear-cutting on state and federal lands.
We the People must:
- Strictly enforce the Endangered Species Act with an expanded scope. Permanently protect all remaining pristine public lands and all remaining old growth trees.
- Eliminate commercial logging on all public lands.
- Ban the use of timber from public lands for commercial purposes.
- Ban the construction of new roads and the use of herbicides in public forests.
- Mandate the use of sustainable logging practices (selective cut) on private forest lands.
- Increase the required buffer zone for stream corridors to 150 feet on both sides of any river, creek, or stream.
- Re-introduce native species of plants and animals into areas from which they were eradicated.
- Control the intentional and unintentional transport of species in order to prevent the introduction of non-indigenous species.
- Maintain the international ban on commercial whaling and offer sanctuary to groups like Sea Shepherd (including protection by the Coast Guard) who intercede on behalf of these giants of the sea.
- Ban the trade in coral reef species.
- Ban dragnet fishing.
- Create international accords that reduce fish harvesting to sustainable levels.
- Prohibit oil and gas drilling off our coast and on public lands.