Speak Up to Protect Wildlife and Habitats in Our State Forests!  

The Board of Forestry has scheduled three listening sessions next week to gather public comments on the Western Forests Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and the broader Forest Management Plan (FMP). These special public comment opportunities are provided in follow-up to recently released information about long-term timber harvest and revenue projections on State Forest land under the proposed HCP.  This will likely be the last chance for the public to provide formal comments on the HCP and long-term management of over 600,000 acres of state forest (primarily the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests).

Marbled Murrelet chick on nest in old growth forest
Marbled Murrelet on nest, photo by Aaron Allred

Take Action!

Slots for virtual testimony on Jan. 29 are filling up fast!  Please click here and sign up right away to provide testimony!  Please click here and sign up right away to provide testimony

If you can’t make the Jan. 29th virtual session there are also two in-person sessions you can attend:

    • Eugene: Jan. 25 at the Lane Events Center, Room #4, W. 13th Ave.
    • Astoria: Jan. 31 at the Loft at the Red Building, 20 Basin St.

For both in-person sessions, speaking slots are first-come, first-serve (so get there early!). Both meetings start at 5:30 p.m., with speakers allowed a maximum of 2 minutes.

Northern Spotted Owl by Scott Carpenter

Here are a few key talking points:

  • The Board of Forestry needs to do the right thing and adopt the Habitat Conservation Plan without further delay. Please move forward the Alternative #3 of the HCP. 
  • The HCP isn’t perfect but it is a compromise between timber interests and moving toward sustainable forestry practices that will better protect habitats and also create better resiliency in the face of increasing fire risk, disease and climate change.
  • The HCP will provide economic security for communities of place while better protecting habitats and threatened species like the Marbled Murrelet, Northern Spotted Owl and wild salmon runs.
  • Oregonians overwhelmingly support prioritizing fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, and recreation on state lands in a recent poll. A strong HCP protects Oregon’s public lands legacy. 

Thank you for speaking up for Oregon’s forests!