Oregon forests provide clean water for local communities and habitat for threatened species like salmon, all while acting as a key line of defense against the climate crisis. From extreme heat waves to longer droughts, the effects of climate change are already here. This is a critical moment in time when we need to change the way we manage Oregon forests so they can keep protecting us in the uncertain years ahead.
What we don’t need is more forest management that focuses solely on making money from logging Oregon’s public forests. For too long, the timber industry — corporations who prioritize their bottom line over the climate, ecosystems, and community well-being — have held sway in Oregon politics.
And until now, the Board of Forestry allowed timber corporations to use profit-driven, unsustainable logging practices that accelerate the climate crisis. But that is changing. Last month, the Board of Forestry voted down an industry-backed proposal to scrap the draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Western Oregon State Forests (HCP) and reaffirmed its commitment to enacting an HCP that strikes a balance between logging revenue and all the other values our western state forests provide.