Half of Oregon is forested. Half of that is in public ownership – managed by the National Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Oregon Wild Presentation at Southtowne Rotary
What good are public forests and wildlands to us?
Public forests provide endless recreational opportunities.
Recreation on the Wild &Scenic Rogue River brings in$13 million annually to thelocal economy.
Public forests provide clean drinking water for many Oregonians.
80% of Oregon’s drinking water originates on public forest land.
Public lands provide the best habitat for a huge variety of native wildlife.
Wildlife need large wildlands to survive or make a comeback.
For nearly two decades OregonWild has focused on protectingand restoring the KlamathBasins six wildlife refuges,removing dams from the KlamathRiver, bringing salmon backhome to Oregon and promoting acommon-sense program toresolve the conflict over water inthe Klamath Basin.
Trout and salmondepend on old-growthforests to provide theclean, cold water theyneed for survival.
Oregon boasts some of the most amazing old- growth forests in the world.
Natural processes like fire, insects,disease, wind, and weather all adddiversity and structure to forests – which are constantly changing.
Only about one-tenthof Western Oregon’s public forestsare now old-growth, compared to up to 2/3 in the past.
During the 1960’s-80’s,extensive clear-cutting of old- growth forests was a major focus on federal lands.
Restoration thinning can improve the health of already clear-cut areas after decades of logging so they can provide better habitat.Over the next 20 years: 730 million board feet can be harvested each year from public lands with little controversy. This work can maintain or create more than 8,000 jobs.
Collaboration between conservation groups, publicland managers, the timber industry, and otherstakeholders can lead to restored forests andwatersheds, as well as a healthy economy.
Worked (and working!) toprotect over a million acresof Wilderness and millionsmore of roadless areas -some of Oregon’s last, bestwild places.
Only 4% of Oregon is protected as Wilderness. Many of our most beautiful and ecologically important landscapes are not protected.Devil’s Staircase Wilderness,central Coast Range Wild Rogue Wilderness Crater Lake Wilderness
You can help keep Oregon a special place! Visit www.oregonwild.org to find more ways to get involved. Become an Oregon Wild member. Sign up for our e-mail list. Come on an Oregon Wild hike.