We are located in and around Medford, Oregon, USA. Our home water is the Rogue River that flows from the Cascade Mountain Range near Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. We are blessed to be in this wonderful local and value our resources and we strive to protect them.
On Wednesday January 6th, the Department of State Lands will be holding an important public meeting regarding permits needed for the Jordan Cove Pacific Connector LNG export project. Have your voice heard, tell DSL to protect our public lands and deny project permits!
Department of State Lands (DSL) Public Meeting on Jan. 6th in Medford
DSL will hold two public meetings next week in Medford and North Bend. The meetings will be Open House style with the opportunity to talk to DSL representatives and submit your public comments for the record. It's important that when giving comments we stay calm, respectful and stay on topic. For more about DSL's authority and talking points on why they should deny project permits, download the comment guide here. DSL recommends turning out in stages due to limited space.
New Years day is the traditional Chili Feed. Bring a pot of chili or something that goes good with chili. There will be bragging rights and a small prize for the best chili. This event is a collaborative effort of the Rogue Flyfishers and the Southern Oregon Fly Fishers. Bring your new fishing license and rod if you think you can handle it. If you don't fish, we stand around the fire and create a large collection of fish stories.
State offers second public comment period on Jordan Cove permit applications
Salem – The Department of State Lands (DSL) announces a second 30-day public comment period for two removal-fill permit applications: the Jordan Cove Energy Project and related Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. The second public comment period will start December 10, 2015 and end Jan. 8, 2016, 31 days from the previous deadline of Dec. 9, 2015.
The second public comment period is in response to multiple requests from individuals and organizations to allow more time to review and comment on the large volume of application materials. DSL’s deadline for making a permit decision remains February 8, 2016.
The agency also will provide an opportunity for the public to comment in person on Jan. 7, between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the North Bend Public Library (1800 Sherman Avenue, North Bend, 97459). The agency will host an open-house event, with the option for people to provide two minutes of testimony per person that will be entered into the record.
The removal-fill permit applications are available on the DSL website and at 22 public libraries along the pipeline corridor in Coos, Douglas, Jackson and Klamath counties.
DSL administers the state’s removal-fill law, which requires a permit for activities in wetlands and waterways that will remove or fill more than 50 cubic yards of material.
Additional information about the Jordan Cove project is on the DSL website (under Current Information): www.oregon.gov/dsl.
The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.
The newsletter is available on the website. Just click on newsletter. There are a lot of things to remember at the close of the year and the beginning if 2016. *Renew your RFF membership. *Renew your IFFF membership. Not a member, you should be. *Fishing license for 2016. *Chili feed at the Holy Water on January, 1st. Good opportunity to use the new license. *Purchase Jackson County Park Pass. The price is $25.00 in December and goes to $30.00 in January. *Make a donation to the Rogue Flyfishers-Reed Ryan Memorial Fund. The RFF is a non-profit corporation so your donation is tax deductible. This money is only used for conservation. *The Oregon Department of State Lands has extended the comment period for the LNG project. The new deadline is January 8th. Don't ignore this opportunity. The pipeline will affect our fishing. More information forthcoming.