The Tillamook and Clatsop state forests in Northwest Oregon are beloved by many Portland-area residents. They are less crowded than the Gorge and Mt. Hood. More wild than Forest Park. And filled with beautiful rivers and streams, strenuous hikes and bike rides, and places to reconnect with nature when you only have a few hours to get away.
These forests are, by law, supposed to be for multiple purposes – recreation, conservation, and timber harvest. Currently, only about a quarter of the forest is dedicated to conservation. The bulk of the land is subject to clearcutting and pesticide spraying.
Now, in their latest planning documents, the State of Oregon is proposing to increase the amount of acres that can be clearcut in a single year by 21 percent!
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s proposal is to increase clearcutting from a maximum of 6,065 acres/year to as much as 7,350 acres/year. This proposal comes amidst reports on the importance of old, complex forests to mitigate climate change, and the economic and environmental value of selective harvesting.
Join us and the North Coast State Forest Coalition to tell ODF that you oppose more clearcuts. Your comments will be compiled by coalition staff and sent to ODF.
Photo: Little Wilson River, Tillamook State Forest. Credit Chris Smith.