Forest Management and the Climate Emergency

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Date(s) - February 21, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Clatsop Community College, Columbia Hall 219


CHUCK WILLER, Director of the Coast Range Association

“The Climate Crisis, Putting People Before Profits”

MARY SCURLOCK, Coordinator of the Oregon Stream Protection Coalition

“Private Forests, Public Waters: Why Oregon’s Stream Protections are Failing”

Thursday, February 21, 7 PM

Doors open at 6:30

RM. 219 COLUMBIA HALL Clatsop Community College

Co-sponsored by Forest Visions Project and CREATE

CHUCK WILLER has studied forest management in Western Oregon for twenty-five years, focusing on the tax structure for timber companies in Oregon, the history of how the industry has lobbied to pay fewer taxes, depriving timber counties revenue, and how the industry has consolidated Oregon’s private forest ownership into large corporate companies that are Timber Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs) or Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS), driven by Wall Street. He will discuss new forest management policies and consider how a Green New Deal can apply to Oregon’s high-density carbon forests typical of Clatsop County, and local, state and national solutions for putting people before profits in solving the climate crisis.

MARY SCURLOCK is a lawyer and experienced freshwater policy advocate who coordinates the twenty-eight environmental and fishing industry organizations called the Oregon Stream Protection Coalition. She will discuss how and why Oregon’s Board of Forestry and Environmental Quality Commission and other government actors are failing to protect the public’s interest in clean water and wildlife on state and private forestlands. The presentation will provide examples of logging impacts on water quality and aquatic habitat, gaps between state regulations and legal mandates, how Oregon’s forest and stream protection requirements are weaker than those in neighboring states, and advocating for stronger baseline regulations under the Oregon Forest Practices Act and its implementing rules.

Talks followed by Q&A

We look forward to your attendance and thank you for your leadership. The Ecology Speaker Series is designed to stimulate dialogue and discussion about climate change, educating for the future workforce, and adopting protectionist policies and smart design related to the management of our great forests. The Series is part of The Forest Vision Project — co-imagining eco-education “living laboratories” anchored in art, cultural history, science, innovative building, and multi-media storytelling.

Chris Farrar, President, CREATE, The Columbia River Estuary Action Team

Roger Dorband, Forest Visions Project, Ecology Speaker Series Coordinator