ODF to increase timber harvesting by 30 million board feet
a year in the Tillamook Rainforest.
Despite hundreds of comments calling for a balanced approach in the Tillamook Rainforest ODF has decided to give into the demands of timber industry and the Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee (FTLAC).
The Oregon Department of Forestry will add an Eagle Creek size (28.3mbf) timber sale each year for the next ten years.
This increase will be incorporated into the soon to be approved 10 year Implementation Plans (IP's).
In order to achieve this increase ODF will do away with certain "operability restraints" to better facilitate the deforestation of Oregon's coastal temperate rainforests.
To greenwash this attack on our state lands, the Oregon Board of Forestry http://www.oregonforestry.org/board_info/bios/default.htm has joined with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) http://oregonforests.org/
(which is funded by taxpayers) and will run a series of TV ads assuring everybody that everything us just fine and dandy in Oregon's forests.
In the TV spot, State Forester Jim Brown says it is important to balance the things we value that grow out of our forests - like clean water, recreation and a diverse economy - and invites Oregonians to help achieve that.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Go to www.oregonforestry.org/survey.htm and fill out the survey form and let the ODF/OBF know how you feel.
This site is not strictly receiving comments on state land, but will look at all forest lands in Oregon, so feel free to speak your mind about any forest issue in Oregon.
Below are some facts about what's really happening on our state lands and who is making the decisions.
1) The soon to be approved 2003 Operations Plans call for almost 5000 acres of clearcutting in the Tillamook Rainforest over the next fiscal year.
2) ODF will increase the timber harvest by 30 million board feet a year to appease the insatiable appetite of the timber industry.
3) The new Chair of the Board of Forestry is Howard Sohn. Howard Sohn is president of Lone Rock Timber Co., Roseburg.
4) The Scoggins Creek Combination timber sale in the Forest Grove District will clearcut 55-80 year old trees on slopes up to 75% above the fish bearing Scoggins Creek that helps provide clean drinking water for Washington County.
5) The Cougar Monster timber sale is still on hold (but not cancelled) This sale would build roads into, and clearcut precious spotted owl habitat. See http://www.tillamookrainforest.com/couger/index.htm for more information.
6) Timber volume from the Tillamook Rainforest has tripled over the last 10 years.
7) Elliot State Forest's Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) allowed ODF to take (kill) 43 pairs of Northern Spotted Owls (NSO). http://www.umpqua-watersheds.org/local/elliott_state_forest.html
Benefit for the Tillamook Rainforest
Wednesday June 19,
Benefit and Party for the Tillamook Committee
Wednesday June 19,
Snake and Weasel, 7:30- 10 PM
Come out and help celebrate our victories in the Tillamook Rainforest.
We will also give the 20 minute version of our Tillamook Rainforest slide show.
!Music Food Fun and Friends!
Redwood Highway will begin playing music at 9 PM
There will be a special auction for the last 2002 OBF T-shirt!
This was a one time only printing, and we have only ONE T-shirt left.
We will also have a raffle.
Visit www.TillamookRainforest.com for more information