What a busy year for the Tillamook & Clatsop—we’re glad you were along for the ride!
Over the last few months, 1500+ Oregonians have called for long-
term protection of the Kilchis & Wilson watersheds and the Kings Mountain Recreation Area. These common sense, positive proposals would go a long way to ensuring balance on the north coast. If you haven’t yet, add your name to the list here!
The North Coast State Forest Coalition put on a number of great events with our supporters in 2015. Over 100 of you gathered with us at the Fort George in Astoria, another 50 talked forestry with us in Nehalem twice, Others have joined for presentations on clearcutting and film screenings, hikes and outings, and a fun day of activities on the Wilson River over Labor Day weekend.
Wild Salmon Center hosted a photo contest to see how people could capture the magic of Fall in the Tillamook—there were many beautiful entries! Sierra Club continues to work on rewriting 50 Hikes in the Tillamook State Forest and designed a state forest water bottle.
It hasn’t all been play, though. Despite an outpouring of public comments, the Department of Forestry is moving forward on clearcutting rare old growth near Jewell via the Homesteader timber sale, and we have yet to see conservation improvements coming from the Forest Management Planning process.
The Department analyzed what it would look like to clearcut 70% of the forest, and the results aren’t good for anyone. But some county commissioners and representatives of the timber industry continue to call for that type of unbalanced approach.
So, our work is far from over. As a coalition, we are resolute in achieving balance on these public treasures and hope that you will continue to help us do this. Our work is only possible because of the strength of our grassroots supporters.
Through the end of the year, you can support our work to protect Oregon’s north coast state forests by giving to Wild Salmon Center through Give!Guide. Your contribution will go a long way to protecting our forest legacy!