Panel Discussion on Forestry Practices

April 29, 2021 - 6:00 PM
Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition

Clearcut at Jetty Creek, the watershed supplying Rockaway Beach's drinking water.\Photo by Trygve Steen.

As one of our special presentations in honor of our 50th anniversary year, Oregon Shores hosts a panel discussion the “Impact of Forestry Practices on Coastal Communities and Environments.” The event, free and open to all, takes place on Thursday, April 29, at 6 p.m.

The panel will be moderated by Ernie Niemi, President of Natural Resource Economics, a consultancy in Eugene. He also is Co-Director of the Forest Carbon Coalition, a national organization that promotes climate-smart management of U.S. forests. For more than 40 years, he has investigated and described the relationship between the natural environment and local economies, in Oregon and elsewhere.

Speakers include:

*Dr. John Talberth, President and Senior Economist for the Center for Sustainable Economy and Co-Director for the Forest Carbon Coalition

Talk Title:  How Industrial Logging Corporations Damage the Coastal Economy

Overview:  A review of the environmental-economic damages associated with conventional logging practices. i.e. water shortages and increased water filtration costs, increased fire risk, increased risk of harmful algae blooms, soil erosion and aggradation of estuaries, degraded scenic and recreation resources, increased risk of flooding, extinction of fish and wildlife, and, of course, climate change. The talk will focus on how these damages limit economic opportunities for coastal communities, and describe three key strategies to turn things around and help coastal communities thrive: reforming corporate land ownership laws, redirecting subsidies, and making timber corporations pay the full cost of their damages.

*Dr. Shreejita Basu, Water Scientist at Sustainable Northwest

Talk Title: Oregon Coast Community Forest Initiative: Case Study of Arch Cape Water District

Overview: Sustainable Northwest is a regional nonprofit that uses a proven bottom-up, collaborative approach to overcome the rural West’s most difficult natural resources challenges. Since 2017, Sustainable Northwest has worked within a collaborative partnership of diverse organizations to support coastal communities in understanding the connection between their forested watersheds and their drinking water. Through scientific analysis, targeted outreach, and communications for public engagement, they seek to galvanize local community engagement and action, bringing together municipal leaders, tribal interests, private forest landowners, nonprofit land trusts, and marginalized farm and forest workers. The goal is to develop a plan to implement projects that protect coastal drinking watersheds and support a higher level of community control over the management of those watersheds into the future.

*Dr.  Michael Paul Nelson, Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources and Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy at Oregon State University

Overview:  Dr. Nelson will speak about the necessary, but often neglected, interactions of science and ethics in environmental decision-making and management practices.

Here is the registration link:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qFcMw5hEQM6hMvioB2bhbw