Oregon’s federal forests are slowly recovering. The clearcutting epidemic of the 1970s and 1980s left our state with severely degraded water quality, decimated wildlife habitat, and what little old growth that remained in jeopardy. However, for the last 20 years, an agreement called the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) has attempted to strike a new balance between logging and providing habitat for wildlife dependent on old growth forests.
The Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion of SW Oregon and northern-most California contains some of the most diverse wildflower and serpentine plant habitats found anywhere on earth. See below for plant list. At the heart of the region is the Kalmiopsis Wilderness area.
By Pam Hardy, Central Oregon Field Coordinator
The Forest Service has come up with a new idea on how to do NEPA. It’s got me worried. At its best it would mean streamlining environmental review, and getting projects we like on the ground faster. At worst, it cuts out public involvement, makes adaptation to new science almost impossible, and sends proceeds that could be used for restoration and jobs out of the area.
Let’s make Senator Ron Wyden’s New Year’s resolution a good one: protect Oregon’s natural treasures!
Sen. Wyden has scheduled Willamette Valley town hall meetings in early January to answer questions and receive feedback from Oregonians (click here to find information on the town hall nearest you). With the most anti-environmental Congress in history waiting to be sworn in, there is no more important time to tell your Senator to stand up for Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters!