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Oregon Forest Practices Reform

Oregon’s state and private forestlands are in tragic condition. And things are getting worse as the conversion of forests to industrial tree plantations accelerates, as log exports rise, as population pressures increase, as the climate change signal grows stronger and as the political culture of deregulation deepens. Management of Oregon’s state and private forests has fallen far behind that of federal lands, scientific consensus, and the progress made in neighboring states.

Against this backdrop, CSE is working with a growing network of conservation, community, scientific, and rural development organizations to bring about deep reforms of forest management on state and private lands in Oregon. Our goal is to transform management of these lands into a vehicle of prosperity for people, plants, and animals. We are providing expert analysis of new legislative solutions, building capacity to monitor and enforce existing legal protections, and educating the public and decision makers about the scope of the problem and what needs to be done to address it.

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