Timber Wars

‘Timber Wars’ bonus episode: Big money bought the forest

By Aaron Scott (OPB) and Tony Schick (OPB)
Nov. 17, 2020 1:15 p.m.

Despite the belief that the spotted owl shut down the forests, big timber corporations have continued cutting trees; they just do it on private land while employing fewer people and contributing much less back to the local economies.

While OPB’s Aaron Scott was working to bring you the story of the Northwest’s Timber Wars, his colleague Tony Schick was partnering with ProPublica and The Oregonian to investigate one of its modern-day consequences: the rise of investment portfolio ownership of Oregon’s private forests, and how this has impacted rural communities. Because despite the belief that the spotted owl shut down the forests, big timber corporations have continued cutting trees; they just do it on private land while employing fewer people and contributing much less back to the local economies.

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OPB’s seven-episode podcast “Timber Wars” tells the story of how a small group of activists and scientists turned a fight over ancient trees and the spotted owl into one of the biggest environmental conflicts of the 20th century, and in the process redefined the very way we see—and fight over—the natural world.

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