Rally supports Elwha Legacy Forests

You can still take action

Rally go-ers next to the Elwha river in an eye shape, symbolizing that we are awake to what is happening in the Elwha Valley. Picture from forest2sea.com.

From Nina Sarmiento, Olympic Region Coordinator for the Center for Responsible Forestry:

This past Sunday we had a rally to show support for Legacy forests in the Elwha valley. Big thank you to everyone who came out! Another thank you to the Olympic Forest Coalition and the Earth Law Center for co-sponsoring this important event. We heard from Patricia, director of the Olympic Forest Coalition, and La Trisha Suggs from city council, as well as community members and tribal elders on how important these old forests are. An article about the event was published Tuesday in the Peninsula Daily News and Thursday in the Port Townsend Leader. We generated much needed awareness of the Aldwell timber harvest as well as other legacy forests being auctioned this year in the Elwha Valley. 

We must continue to urge Hilary Franz, the Commissioner of Public Lands, to pause Elwha watershed timber sales while we find a solution that protects these forests. 

If you missed the rally, you can still take action by clicking the links below! 

  1. Email State Representatives 
  2. Sign the Aldwell Petition
  3. Email Hilary Franz cpl@dnr.wa.gov why this issue is important to you!

On Sunday we heard powerful prayers from Lummi tribal elder Freddie Lane. Freddie and other tribal leaders are on a Totem Pole Journey to Protect Oak Flat. Oak Flat is a sacred Apache site at risk of being destroyed by mining. Freddie has asked me to share their fundraiser In solidarity with this important work. Please consider making a donation on gofundme to help Freddie and the Lummi house of tears carvers.

Nina Sarmiento

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