Jim Britell

– Illustrated Guide to Finding Defects in Timber Sales

This guide will be useful to anyone who needs to stop a proposed timber sale; and interesting to those curious about the geological, silvicultural, biological and ecological problems that arise when you turn forests into 2x4s. These defects and issues are typical in timber sales on USFS and BLM land whenever the political process makes …

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– Indigenous Logging, Whaling and Other Activist Dilemmas

Environmental activists must oppose bad environmental projects (like the Makah Indian tribe whale hunt approved by the U.S government) even when promoted by or designed to financially benefit minorities, or the oppressed and disenfranchised. Paradoxically, not opposing them can lead to worse ethical failings than racism, colonialism and the other “-isms.” What ethical issues arise …

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– How “Act Locally” Became “Shop Locally” | What Happened To Earth Day?

Since 1970, the purpose of Earth Day has changed from one day each year when corporate polluters were exposed (what corporations should do), to a celebration of the personal (what you can do). Today’s bland, uncontroversial event typically features everything from 5k runs to esoteric spiritualties, but almost always carefully avoids any discussion of local …

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– How To Find Volunteers Using Political Campaign Tools

All active local environmental groups, urban or rural, encounter situations where they need to turn out large numbers of people for meetings. Creating a volunteer network of people, who have agreed to get involved and specifically have agreed to show up for meetings, can mean the difference between scurrying around to find a handful of …

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– Pacific Northwest Timber Wars 1989-1999

Excerpted from the introduction to the newly published Pacific Northwest Timber Wars I led Kalmiopsis Audubon Society (KAS), a small volunteer environmental group headquartered in a small village on the remote Southwest Oregon coast during a period of great environmental conflict from 1989 to 2002. During this time, the environmental community brought to an end …

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