THE CONTINUING SAGA OF LOGGING ON O & C LANDS
Senator Ron Wyden is sponsoring legislation that would double the logging on the so-called O&C lands. It is estimated that approximately 200,000 acres of older forests currently protected by the Northwest Forest Plan would be shifted into logging, including clearcutting, under S.1784. This plan is drawing intense criticism from scientific organizations who conclude that the Oregon and California Lands Act (S. 1784) will intensify conflicts over threatened species on both federal and nonfederal lands, fragment habitat and undermine protections that have been guaranteed for over twenty years under the Northwest Forest Plan.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Dominick DelaSalla, chief scientist with the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon, about how doubling logging on BLM lands will elevate extinction risks to threatened wildlife, pollute streams with sediment run off, and increase global warming pollution.