Old Growth Protection and Restoration
Oregon Wild: Working to preserve Oregon's last old-growth forests as an enduring legacy
Imagine walking through a grove of ancient trees along a cold, swift-flowing river in the Cascades. Trees that were already giants when Lewis and Clark first arrived in Oregon, and if protected, will still stand and amaze families 200 years from now.
Unfortunately, much of Oregon's old-growth heritage forests have been lost to reckless logging and development. Oregon Wild believes that what remains is a precious part of our children's natural heritage--a legacy that should be protected and preserved.
We are working hard to do just that:
- Oregon Wild opposed a
scheme (the WOPR) to strip the environmental
protections of the Northwest Forest Plan and increase logging
on millions of acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) forest land in
- We are fighting to protect rare fish and wildlife that depend on our remaining
old-growth forests for their survival.
- We are partnering with National
Forests across the state to develop a common-sense vision for meeting our timber needs without
cutting old growth or logging in roadless areas.
- We are working with forest stakeholders to design projects that restore fish and wildlife habitat that has been lost from decades of reckless logging and road building, and that reduce the risk of fire to homes and communities and restore old-growth habitat.
- We are
working with Congress to pass permanent protections for our last remaining old
forests in eastern Oregon.
- And each year we take hundreds of Oregonians on free hikes, camp outs and backpacking trips to explore and enjoy our old-growth heritage.
Follow these links to find out more about the threats to Oregon's old-growth forests and Oregon Wild's work to protect them: