Halt the Destruction of Oregon’s Forests

Target: Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Board of Forestry

Goal: To end the destructive logging practices in Oregon Forests

In the spring of 2010, the Oregon Board of Forestry approved a new plan that would open up more than 100,000 acres in The Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests for logging operations. These operations often use clear-cutting techniques and the result is the destruction of natural habitats, scenic beauty, and natural life-supporting functions. It is important that the new policies that have been put in place be overturned in order to protect and preserve our forests.

The Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests currently have no areas that are protected from logging operations either long-term or permanently. This oversight has given the Oregon Board of Forestry the necessary footing to go ahead with the plan that would open up vast areas of the two state forests to logging operations that could be harmful to the health and vitality of the forest. In these modern times, it is necessary to do all we can in order to preserve and protect our natural environment from over-logging. It is important that we do not return to the attitude that was once prevalent in this country; that notion that nature was ours to do with as we pleased and it should be exploited for profit.

Logging has been part of our country’s economy, but it needs to be done in a way that is responsible and that involves people in various disciplines, as well as the general public’s ideas and input, before any policy is put in place. The fact that the majority of Oregonians opposed the new plan was apparently of no concern to the Board of Forestry, as they voted 5-2 in favor of opening up new lands to logging. By allowing so much forest areas to be clear-cut sends a message of indifference from the Board of Forestry to many Oregonians, and these same Oregonians are passionate about preserving forests, as well as the environment.

It is important that we protect our forests for not only their aesthetic value, but also because forests are important to numerous species, the health of the planet, and the health of the human population. The Tillamook and Clatsop forests are home to numerous species and logging operations will jeopardize the continued survival of those species (coho salmon, and spotted owls are among those that would be in jeopardy). Logging would also have a negative impact on water quality and be detrimental to the forest’s natural ability to reduce carbon in the atmosphere.

It is imperative that we all do what we can in order to protect and preserve our forests. It will not only protect natural beauty and wildlife, but it will also protect the very forests that help to sustain the health of our planet and the human population. Please sign the petition below to tell the Governor and the Oregon Board of Forestry that we care about our forests and we will not tolerate clear-cut operations in Oregon forests.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Board of Forestry,

The decision to open up vast lands in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests for logging operations needs to be overturned. Like so many Oregonians, I love this state and all of its natural beauty and want to do all I can to protect and preserve that natural beauty. Opening up lands for more logging will only be detrimental to the health and vitality of natural ecosystems and wildlife.

Our forests provide us with scenic beauty, natural waterways, and natural life-giving functions. Healthy forests are also vital to the health of the planet and the health of the human population.

I strongly protest the decision of the Board of Forestry to open up more forest lands to logging and call for the decision to be overturned so that our forests will be protected from further degradation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Will Go Here]

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  1. As Oregon citizens, you and your organization certainly have the right to petition the Board of Forestry regarding the future management of Oregon’s state managed forests. I encourage you to present such petitions within the context of the statutory mandate for the management of these forests. The mandate for state-managed forests is much different than for federal forests.

    I recently retired from a 33-year year career as a professional forester is Oregon. I started my career in the Clatsop State Forest working in late 1970s/early 1980s in the timber management program. I designed clearcut harvest units and administered harvesting contracts. I am proud of those harvest operations and the new forests that followed. The fact that these regenerated forests are now a source of “…natural habitats, scenic beauty, and natural life-supporting functions…” seems to counter the very arguments you are trying to make. We have shown these forests are resilient and renewable (think Tillamook Burn). With monitoring and adaptive management, we have the scientific knowledge to manage these forests for the multiple benefits they provide. Few, if any. management choices are irreversible. We can learn from management plan implementation and modify these plans as needed over time.

    I encourage to review the new scientific research on the effectiveness of Oregon’s current best management practices through the Oregon Watershed Research Cooperative http://watershedsresearch.org/ and justify your claims that current management would result in “over-logging” (a very vague, imprecise term), that “coho salmon, and spotted owls are among those that would be in jeopardy” (“jeopardy” is a legal term applicable under the ESA to only federal management actions), that “negative impact on water quality and be detrimental to the forest’s natural ability to reduce carbon in the atmosphere” (do you mean storage or sequestration?).

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