Oregon breaks law, loses $1.2 million due to pollution on private forests

Oregon breaks law, loses $1.2 million due to pollution on private forests

A few days ago, the feds announced Oregon will lose $1.2 million in grant funding because Oregon is failing to protect coastal waterways from pollution.

Why? Mostly because Oregon is failing to prevent runoff from logging. That runoff is polluting our rivers, streams and drinking water sources.

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The timber industry operates profitably in California, Washington and Idaho under more stringent rules. Oregonians, on the other hand, deal with logging right up to and through the majority of streams in the state, rampant clearcutting on steep slopes with unstable soils prone to landslides, and rampant aerial spraying of toxic pesticides.

Federal regulators have told Oregon’s leaders for years that we are failing to protect streams from logging on private forestlands. Oregon has not fixed the problem, and our communities are paying the price while industry benefits.

We need our leaders to follow the science and update rules for: logging near streams, logging on steep slopes, pesticide use, and forestry revenue. It’s time for comprehensive reform of the Oregon Forest Practices Act. Tell your leaders you want clean water and healthy communities.

The email you send will be delivered to the governor, your legislators, the Board of Forestry, and the Department of Environmental Quality.

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Photo by Shane Anderson/North Fork Studios

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