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 which turn a profit in timber.Pacific Rivers recognizes that timber production in Oregon should remain profitable and contribute to the state’s economy. However, Oregon needs comprehensive reform on private timberlands to protect river and stream health for people, fish, and wildlife.
In 2017, we’re proposing comprehensive reform to the Oregon Forest Practices Act!
We’ve created simple breakdowns of what this legislation does that can be view by clicking on the links below. Click on the Top Line Flier to get the basics or the Detailed Flier to read about what our proposed reform does.
Consider becoming a Pacific Rivers’ member today and help us modernize Oregon’s shameful logging practices.
We advocate for healthy rivers and streams in several ways:
Buffers of standing trees along streams keep water cool for fish, and filter out sediments and pollutants. Currently, most Oregon streams have no buffers, while the rest have inadequate buffers. We need adequate stream buffers, based on science, because when it comes to clean water, every stream matters.
Oregon allows aerial spraying of highly toxic herbicides, some of which are banned in other countries. Despite industry claims to the contrary, spray drifts into homes, schools, health clinics, and more. Oregon only notifies homeowners of upcoming aerial pesticide sprays if they pay a $25 fee.
Oregonians need common-sense rules to limit the most toxic chemicals, no-spray buffers around schools and other sensitive areas, and free public notice before pesticide spraying so human and river health are protected.
Staying off steep slopes.
Oregon allows virtually unrestricted logging and road building on steep slopes and/or unstable soils on privately owned timberlands. We need stricter rules to avoid landslides that put sediment into rivers and streams — bad for fish, other aquatic wildlife, and people’s drinking water.
Check out the trailer for our 2015 film Behind the Emerald Curtain, and sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to be alerted about screenings near you in 2017 or to be alerted when the full 30-minute film is available online.
Below is our short film, Every Stream Matters, on the need for wider buffers of standing trees along rivers and streams on Oregon’s private industrial timberlands: