Now is the time for Comprehensive Reform

by Hilary Shohoney— Pacific Rivers has long been a vocal advocate for comprehensive reform of the Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA), the rules that govern forestry on private forestlands. In 2015 we produced a 30-minute film on the topic that has reached thousands of Oregonians and generated a barrage of comments that were sent to … Continue reading Now is the time for Comprehensive Reform

Landmark Bill Seeks Modernization of Oregon’s Forest Practices Act

February 28, 2017 — Salem, Ore. – Today, Representative Paul Holvey (D-Eugene) introduced HB 3226 to modernize Oregon’s Forest Practices Act (OFPA) in order to reverse decades of catastrophic damages to the State’s waters, fish, wildlife and soils from clearcutting and other industrial logging practices. The proposed legislation would make the OFPA consistent with best … Continue reading Landmark Bill Seeks Modernization of Oregon’s Forest Practices Act

State Forester betrays public trust by ignoring sound science

Portland, Ore – In the wake of a shocking Oregon Public Broadcasting story revealing that a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) report was silenced by Big Timber and Oregon’s State Forester, conservation and citizen groups are calling on Governor Brown to provide the accountability and transparency promised when she took office. In a letter signed … Continue reading State Forester betrays public trust by ignoring sound science

Stand with Kate and Nancy to demand responsible logging

By Kate Taylor and Nancy Webster —  The water smells strangely like a swimming pool. Water pouring from the kitchen tap. Water we drink. Water we serve to our families, pets and friends. Water we bathe in. It all smells like chlorine. One of us (Kate) moved to Rockaway Beach, Oregon a few years ago … Continue reading Stand with Kate and Nancy to demand responsible logging

Film Reveals Oregon’s Dirty Logging Secrets — National Geographic blog

by Natalie Bennon, guest blogger — April 14, 2016 — in Water Currents — If you’ve ever been to Oregon, you probably think of us as a green state – a utopia filled with people who recycle, ride bicycles, and hike and fish in healthy forests filled with clear streams. But when it comes to … Continue reading Film Reveals Oregon’s Dirty Logging Secrets — National Geographic blog

Spirit Mountain invests in healthy forests, clean water

Pacific Rivers wants to thank Spirit Mountain Community Fund for investing generously in Pacific Rivers’ work to make Oregon’s forests healthier, and water cleaner. Oregon has the most lax rules for protecting rivers, water, and human health from the impacts of private timberlands than any of its neighbors – California, Washington, and Idaho – all of … Continue reading Spirit Mountain invests in healthy forests, clean water