In defense of trees

I wish to draw your attention to a letter written by Roger Dorbend to Senator Bernie Sanders in the current issue of Hipfish. Why, Bernie Sanders. Because he appears to be the only candidate running for a major office in this state who just might care that the citizens of Oregon have a state forest in the future.

Why, this letter. Because Mr. Dorbend lays out the facts surrounding the current practices of the persons in charge of our state forests. Also, Mr. Dorbend supplies solutions to the financial crisis in the state that do not include the clearcut of our state forests.

More than 2000 people in the Nehalem Watershed approached Oregon Department of Forestry in Januarty asking them to spare the old growth section of the Homesteader Forest on the Nahalem watershed Our requests fell on deaf ears. If you would like to see what ODF did, go to the North Coast Forest Coalition website. If you have a weak stomach, don’t go.

I refuse to believe our legislature cannot generate the funds necessary to run our counties. I have a great deal of confidence in the human mind and I am willing to help find ways to fund our state that does not include clear-cutting our state forests.

We need to make noise. LNG went down to defeat in Astoria/Warrenton because Oregon citizens refused to accept LNG to pollute our waters and land. The developer who somehow bought Arcadia State Park East withdrew his plans to develop this land. Why, because citizens of Clatsop and Tillamook counties refused to accept our state parks being used for a housing development. In short, they made noise.

We all use wood and I am not against the harvesting of our trees. I am against clear-cutting what’s left of our old growth/second growth forests. I’m also for developers, just not development of

my state parks. The state parks and the state forests are mine as well as every citizen of Oregon and its time we start defending our trees. It can be done. If you stand with me on this issue, I would like to hear from you. We need to mobilize, all of us: children, adults, visitors. If you plan to visit our state, and enjoy our pristine beauty, much of which relates to trees, feel free to take a stand in defense of trees.

Louise Christianson