Help Make Oregon’s Forests Part of the Solution To Climate Change!

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Drought. Floods. Hurricanes. Forest fires. Melting glaciers. Rivers that are too warm to support salmon and trout. These are just some of the symptoms of the new climate era we live in. One wonders, “What I can do to lessen the threat of climate change?” The answer lies within the unique natural capital of Oregon – our forests. In Oregon, we have a real opportunity to be part of a global strategy to reduce carbon emissions. Oregon’s forests can sequester more carbon per acre than any other forest type on the planet, but only if we adopt climate smart alternatives that produce the big trees that Oregon was once famous for.

The Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA) governs the management of nearly nine million acres of private timberlands. However, the OFPA is woefully outdated. It incentivizes multinational corporations (aka Big Timber), which own over half of private forestlands in Oregon) to maximize profits through harmful logging practices. In fact, timber harvesting is by far the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. Annual emissions associated with the removal of stored carbon, sacrificed sequestration and decay of logging residuals averaged 33 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Making matters worse, industrial forest practices undermine climate resiliency by drying up water supplies, increasing fire risk, and increasing the severity of floods and landslides.

The Oregon legislature is considering a bill, SB 1070 (aka “Greenhouse Gas Cap and Invest”), which would cap carbon emissions from many sectors of the Oregon economy, except Big Timber. Including Big Timber in the legislation will reduce emissions from clearcutting, incentivize climate smart alternatives, and help enroll Oregon’s forests in the global fight to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

By signing this petition, you are telling the Oregon legislature and Governor Kate Brown to include Big Timber in the cap and invest bill because you want Oregon to be part of solution to climate change, not part of the problem.

 

 



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