Nine Things Oregonians Should Know About Forest Fires

Forest fires can be a threat to homes and property, but they also play an important role in restoring and maintaining a healthy forest. Here are nine things every Oregonian should know about forest fires in our area.

Stakeholder Groups Challenge Oregon Forest Management Plan

Late yesterday, a coalition of conservation and fishing groups challenged in the U.S. District Court in Oregon a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) forest management plan, finalized Friday, that would replace the scientifically sound, ecologically credible, and legally responsible 1994 Northwest Forest Plan on millions of acres in western Oregon.

Groups Protest Oregon Timber Plan Riddled With Loopholes

Today, Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of 22 conservation and fishing groups, filed a formal protest with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) objecting to its proposed management plans for western Oregon. The BLM plan eliminates protections for streamside forests, increases clearcutting, and removes 2.6 million acres of these federally managed public forests from the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan. 

Did Clearcutting Contribute to Highway 42 Landslide?

Satellite images from Google Earth and footage released this week from the Oregon Department of Transportation suggest that a recent clearcut on a slope above Highway 42 may have contributed to its instability. According to the satellite imagery, the slope was logged between May 2013 and May 2015 (full images below). 

The Myth of Replanting: 5 Ways Oregon’s Laws Destroy Forests

Here in Oregon, a little less than half of the land is forested. Almost all of that forestland is owned either by private timber companies, the State of Oregon, or a federal agency such as the U.S. Forest Service, or the Bureau of Land Management. In Western Oregon, there are two very different sets of rules that these forestland owners follow. Most federal lands are governed by the Northwest Forest Plan; State and private lands, however, are governed by the Oregon Forest Practices Act, or the OFPA.

REPORT: Oregon Lost 500,000 Acres to Deforestation Since 2000

PORTLAND – Using a tool developed to study clearcutting of tropical rainforests in the developing world, a new analysis has documented the loss of 522,000 acres of forest cover in Western Oregon since 2000.  The analysis, done by the Center for Sustainable Economy and Oregon Wild, used satellite data made available through the World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch Program to study forest cover trends on public and private lands.

Conservation groups try to stop Lane County timber sale, say it violates federal law

Conservation groups are trying to stop a 259-acre timber sale in Lane County, saying the federal government shut opposition voices out of the approval process and violated environmental law.

A lawsuit filed in federal court by Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild asks that a judge stop the sale, and force the Bureau of Land Management officials to re-do the reports on what impact the logging would have on the Second Show area outside of Springfield, near Shotgun Creek. The sale would be the largest cut on federal land in Lane County in the past 20 years.

New Wyden Proposal Increases Clearcutting, Endangers Environmental Protections

TODAY, Oregon conservation organizations voiced strong concerns over the timing and content of Senator Ron Wyden’s latest O&C lands logging legislation. Oregon Wild and the Oregon Chapter of Sierra Club, together representing over 20,000 Oregonians, warned that in addition to opening over one million acres of public lands in Western Oregon to clearcut logging, the legislation opens the door for further weakening of safeguards for clean water, salmon, and wildlife at a time when the most anti-environmental Congress in history is about to take office.

Keep Elliott Forest in public hands

The old-growth Douglas fir featured on our state’s license plate is a powerful image for Oregonians. During the timber wars of the 1980s and early ’90s, bitter political battles were fought over logging old-growth forests. Today, values have changed and a proposal to clear-cut centuries-old trees would spark outrage among most Oregonians.

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