Tillamook and Clatsop County commissioners (who sit on the largest pockets of state forest land) see an increased emphasis on logging as a way to bring more revenue to counties that were cash-strapped before the current global recession. The Oregonian editorial board (and plenty of environmental groups) see the current legislative proposal as the end of a balanced approach to forest management.
This is actually similar to a show we did back in July of last year, when we asked What’s an Uncut Forest Worth? (In a sense, the legislature is looking into whether the state should also — and prominently — ask the opposite question: what about if we cut it down?)
Do you live near a state forest? Do you work in the wood products industry? Do you camp or hike in state forests? How do you assess the value of the woods around you?
- Marvin Brown: Oregon state forester
- Tim Josi: Tillamook County Commissioner and chair of the Council of Forest Trustland Counties
- Bob Van Dyk: Forest policy advisor for the Wild Salmon Center and professor of politics and government at Pacific University