ACTION ALERT: Tell the Board of Forestry to Stand Strong for a State Forest HCP

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From Wild Salmon Center: URGENT! Timber Industry Wants to Torpedo Tillamook Conservation—AGAIN

Here we go again. At a special meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 15, the timber industry will ask the Oregon Board of Forestry to scrap the major state forests habitat conservation plan that’s been in the works for years.

This isn’t the first time that logging interests have tried to derail this plan. In November, industry allies on the board tried to force a vote on a timber-friendly alternative. But a majority of the commissioners said no, citing the overwhelming community support for conservation earlier that day.

Now we need your help againCan you tell Chair Kelly and the board to stand strong on a state forests habitat conservation plan?

Let’s be clear: this habitat conservation plan (HCP) for Western Oregon state forests is not anti-logging. Plenty of timber harvest is still called for in the compromise language of this plan.

What the HCP does achieve is something that’s been lacking for decades: a balanced management approach for our state forests, reflecting the broad values that Oregonians have for our public lands. The HCP protects salmon, wildlife habitat, clean water, recreation and carbon storage, while sustaining a healthy supply of logs. It’s been developed with years of public input—including from the timber industry and local governments.

Alternative 3 represents this balanced conservation approach. Can you ask the board to stick to its guns and move forward with HCP Alternative 3 (or an alternative that is at least as protective)?

TAKE ACTION HERE

These forests belong to all Oregonians, not just the timber industry. Don’t let them get away with another end run around a sound public process. Let’s keep the HCP on track.

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