1. Private industry, over cutting their forests at three times the sustainable rate, constitutes two thirds of oregon’s annual timber harvest. Oregon’s archaic forest practice act, protecting industry from lawsuits over forest poisoning and water pollution, does not prohibit forest liquidation.
As industry’s standing timber volume and value shrinks, it puts more pressure on public forests to make up the difference.
2. Private (industrial) forest owners export a third of oregon’s timber harvest as raw logs. exports of minimally processed wood (chips, cants, veneer) from public forests are increasing rapidly. Oregon’s forests and jobs are being outsourced to feed china’s burgeoning forest products industries.
As unchecked log and wood exports grow in volume and value, it puts tremendous pressure on public forests.
3. Oregon’s private forest owners, especially those of over 5,000 acres, receive huge property and harvest tax subsidies averaging over $400,000,000 a year.
Private forest tax subsidies put further pressure on public forests to make up state and county revenue shortfalls.
Without reforming these 3 critical private forest issues, we continue to risk and lose Oregon’s public forests.
What are Oregon’s political leaders doing about these 3 issues? Nothing. They aren’t even publicly talking about it.
What are mainstream environmentalists doing about these 3 issues? Nothing. They aren’t even publicly talking about it.