Forest Management in Oregon
A guide to management of private, state, and federal forests in Western Oregon
Western Oregon is famous for the vast forests that blanket its valleys, hills, and mountains. From coastal Western hemlock-Sitka spruce forests to subalpine fir forests of the Cascades, Oregon’s forests provide habitat for wildlife, offer world-class recreational opportunities, and filter the drinking water for most cities and communities. These forests provide a home for threatened fish and wildlife, from bald eagles and coho salmon to wolverines and bull trout.
Western Oregon has a long history of commercial logging, from the rise of the industry in the late 1800s and the timber boom after WWII, to the resurgence of aggressive logging in the 1980s. Over a century of logging has left a patchwork of clear-cuts, thinned stands, dense plantations, and some native stands across Oregon.
Read on to find out more about:
- The D-Bug roadless area timber sale on the doorstep of Crater Lake National Park
- The Horseshoe Timber Sale proposes logging on the slopes of Mount Hood.
- National Forest Management Act planning process (the rules of the game for all National Forests in the country!)
- Comment on the Blue Mountains Forest Plan to strengthen protections for 5 million acres of NE Oregon forests.
- LNG pipeline proposed through the Clackamas watershed
- Oswald West State Park and Oregon's Coast Range forests
- Forest management and landslides
- Compare state, private, and federal public forest land management:
- A Common Sense Vision to protect and restore Oregon's public forests