America’s federal forests are incredibly valuable. In Oregon, they are home to imperiled wildlife like the northern spotted owl, coho salmon, marbled murrelet, and more. Our forests filter drinking water for millions of Americans. But did you know that our forests also help us fight climate change, absorbing and storing carbon?
Rain fell steadily on our drive into the mix of public and private lands southwest of Roseburg last month, the clouds and mist casting an eerie feel over the stark clearcuts we drove through on the way to a proposed logging unit in the 42 Divide Project area. In November 2021, the Roseburg District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sent an initial proposal for the 42 Divide Project out to the public for comments, calling for logging over 5,000 acres of forests up to 200 years old.
A year ago, Oregon Wild advocates joined activists from across the country and urged the Forest Service to restore protections and end old-growth logging on forests across the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
This week, those efforts finally paid off! From the New York Times: