Forestry students propose new management plan for Oregon public lands
Class project proposal would provide for both economic benefits and ecological services
Is it possible to create a management plan for Oregon forests that includes more logging and significantly more funds for timber-dependent counties, while protecting old growth, curtailing clear cutting, providing for ecological services such as carbon storage, diverse habitat for songbirds, butterflies, deer and elk?
Yes, according to forestry students under the guidance of K. Norman Johnson, an OSU distinguished professor in the Forest Research Laboratory. The students’ proposal has potential to help break years of political gridlock over the management of public lands in western Oregon, while serving some important ecological and economic goals.
The innovative proposal, which has been presented to the staffs of several Oregon political leaders, provides a possible way forward that would produce a sustainable and predictable level of income for counties.