Taking Action for Oregon's Forests

Oregon's forests could use a friend right now.

Clearcutting of both private and state forests is at an all-time high. Our drinking water is being polluted. Precious wildlife habitat is being lost. And communities in Oregon’s Coast Range, surrounded on all sides by miles of clearcuts, aren’t being heard by their lawmakers.

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.

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