Oregon's Ancient Forests
Executive order launches process for protecting mature and old-growth forests on federal lands
Today, President Joe Biden will issue an executive order that directs federal agencies to conduct an inventory of mature and old-growth forests on America’s federal lands so that policies can be adopted to protect them. The administration framed the move as a key strategy to store carbon and address climate change.
Oregon Wild Applauds Biden Proposal for Tongass, Urges Additional Protections Across Pacific Northwest
This week the Biden administration proposed sweeping protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest that would curb large old-growth logging and bar road construction on 9.3 million acres of forest.
A regional coalition of 60 climate and forest conservation groups representing over 500,000 members and supporters across Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, the White House National Climate Advisor, and John Kerry, the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, calling for immediate, permanent protections for mature and old-growth forests on federal lands as a critical natural climate solution.
Joan Maloof has likely been to more old-growth forests across the US than anyone alive today. She was so inspired by what she saw in these forests that she founded a national organization to preserve them and help make them accessible for the next generation. From the towering Redwoods of the Oregon and California Coast to the Cypress groves of Florida and the oak forests of New England, Joan will take you on a journey through the incredible differences and striking similarities of the country's remaining ancient forests.
Late last month we alerted you to post-fire logging projects moving forward across western Oregon, and in particular Bureau of Land Management forests in the McKenzie and North Umpqua River watersheds. As the new year advances, so too will these and other logging proposals in sensitive burned landscapes.
My first introduction to Oregon’s forests came when I was in school at Oregon State University. The McDonald and Dunn Forests offered an easy escape from the stress of grad school and seemingly endless winter drizzle — and the old growth loop with its dense canopy was a welcome outdoor break rain or shine.