Nearing Unprecedented State Forest Conservation Areas

By Chris Smith, State Forest Conservation Program Coordinator

The Oregon Sierra Club has worked for years to protect the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests in Northwest Oregon and now, with a responsive Governor and Board of Forestry, we are on the cusp of the creation of “High Value Conservation Areas.”

This new classification will include fish and wildlife habitat, clean drinking water sources, landslide risk areas, and recreation spots. As we move forward, we hope to ensure that the classification is durable, robust, and long-lasting. This new classification language is a start, but there is work to be done and now is the time to do it!

Devil's Lake Fork in the Tillamook Forest

Devil’s Lake Fork in the Tillamook Forest

Those interested in impacting Oregon’s forest legacy are encouraged to attend either of the following public hearings:

Tuesday March 12: Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce (207 North Spruce)
5 pm Open house with maps and pizza!
6 pm Formal public comment period begins

Wednesday March 13: Hillsboro Main Library
(2850 Brookwood Parkway)
5 pm Open house with maps and pizza!
6 pm Formal public comment period begins

If you have comments but cannot attend either of these hearings, click here!

For more information, email Chris Smith or visit www.forestegacy.org

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