This event is the first of two back-to-back trainings on building grassroots campaigns to challenge clearcut logging in public drinking water supplies.
The goal of this training is to offer concrete tools to assist Oregon's coastal communities in monitoring and defending their drinking water supplies, and to further chart a path for lasting reform of Oregon's weak logging laws.
Grassroots forest defenders from around the state will share their insights and experience in:
* How to use Oregon’s timber sale tracking system (FERNS) to monitor logging operations in your drinking water supply
*Tools & techniques for challenging destructive logging projects
* Strategies for engaging with decision-makers
* Effective approaches to growing grassroots power and winning!
Over 75% of Oregon’s municipal water supplies comes from forested watersheds, and yet Oregon’s logging law – known as the Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA) – fails to protect our drinking water supplies and other natural resources. Clearcut logging is prolific on privately owned forests in community drinking watersheds and because of protections afforded by the OFPA, these projects often move forward with no public awareness or engagement.
Industrial logging increases landslides, pollutes rivers with sediment, and reduces water supplies in drier months. All of these impacts are being exacerbated by climate change, which is already bringing wetter winters and drier summers to the Pacific Northwest.
The Forest Waters Coalition advocates for improved logging practices on Oregon’s private and state-owned forestlands for the benefit of watersheds, fish, wildlife, and frontline communities.