If you’d like to get more involved, here are some specific things to do and keep in mind:
To join our email update list, make sure to sign our petition and check the “add me to your mailing list” box: https://friendsofosuoldgrowth.org/save-osu-old-growth-petition/
If you have specific skills, interests, or questions, please email us at: email@example.com or use our on-line form: https://friendsofosuoldgrowth.org/contact/
You can now send comments and questions about OSU’s forestry management and the next Research Forest Plan directly to the Dean of the College of Forestry at: firstname.lastname@example.org The Dean has publicly committed to answering questions sent to this email address.
If you’re willing to CC or BCC email@example.com, it will help us hold the Dean and his staff accountable. All personal information will be kept strictly confidential.
Ask the Dean to Protect All Remaining Stands of Mature Forest : The Dean has placed a temporary moratorium on the cutting of all trees 160 years and older. Whether or not this moratorium becomes permanent will depend on the new Dean and the next forest plan. We’d like to see ALL sections of mature forest on OSU lands permanently set aside for carbon storage, wildlife, research and educational purposes. The term Late Successional Forests in the Pacific Northwest refers to all forest of natural origin that are >80 years in age. These stands are important habitat for northern spotted owls and are the precursors of future old-growth forests. The federal government is no longer cutting Late Successional Forests (i.e. trees > 80 years old) – so ask the Dean to conform to the same standards.
In his October 21st letter (available in our “Latest News” section), the Dean made a formal “un-suspension” of the 2005 Research Forest Plan. The 2005 Plan will remain in effect until the next plan is finalized (in approx. 3 years’ time). In the meantime, we need to make sure they follow the 2005 plan “to a T”. Some key things to watch out for (when you’re hiking in the forest):
- 10 large harvests in the southern zone of McDonald Forest from the past couple of years violated the prescribed 1-4 acre limit. We need to make sure ALL large cuts in the southern zone of the McDonald Forest follow the 1-4 acre prescription! If you see something of concern, email the Dean (and CC or BCC us: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Harvests in the southern zone of McDonald Forest have reduced nesting/roosting/foraging (NRF) habitat for threatened northern spotted owls by ~166 acres (more than 10% of the original 1,585 acres) – in direct violation of the 2005 Plan. We need to make sure all future harvests are in compliance and do not diminish NRF habitat for northern spotted owls. Determining NRF can be a little tricky, but it is safe to say cuts of old forest in the southern zone of the McDonald Forest either violate or fragment the existing NRF habitat. Ask the Dean to restore the 166 acres of NRF habitat that his staff destroyed by setting aside other sections of mature forest.
- The Plan states: “Performance under the Forest Plan will be assessed by an independent review team of the FEC’s choosing once every five years”. Ask the Dean and the Forest Executive Committee to provide evidence of all of the required assessments.
- The Plan also called for a review of key sustainability indicators (including “Estimates of carbon balance completed for each land allocation and management unit. (Five year report)” and “Distribution, quantity, and characteristics of legacy structures and character trees. (Leave tree database by harvest unit compared to plan guidelines)” among many other factors). Ask the Dean to evaluate and publish these sustainability indicators for the “No Vacancy” and other harvests.
Submit a “Letter to the Editor” at the Gazette Times, The Oregonian, or other publication: https://www.gazettetimes.com/forms/contact/letter_to_the_editor/ https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/page/how_do_i_write_a_letter_to_the.html
Make it a personal and powerful message (and point out specific violations of the 2005 Plan). Urge the Dean to change the management priorities to reflect the purpose of the forests: REASEARCH. Carbon sequestration, wildlife, and ecology must take precedence over revenue generation.
Contact the Dean of the College of Forestry, OSU President, or even the Board of Trustees to let them know these issues are important to you. Remind them that cutting Old Growth does not align with their mission, goals, and core values (see: https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/oregon-state-university-mission-statement). Ask them to restrict timber industry funding of the Dean’s position (his salary comes from a $5 million endowment from the past president and CEO of Roseburg Forest Products). This gives a strong perception of a conflict of interest. We need OSU to end their cozy relationship with the timber industry and reform their out-dated forest management practices!
- College of Forestry Dean: email@example.com
- President Ed Ray: Ed.Ray@oregonstate.edu
- OSU Board of Trustees: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) to express your concern about the possibility of OSU’s managing the Elliott State Research Forest: https://www.oregon.gov/DSL/Pages/Comment.aspx If OSU cannot responsibly manager their own, modest research forest, how can we trust them to manage the 41,000 acres of Old Growth in the relatively remote Elliott Forest?!
Contact your local Oregon representatives (e.g. Senator Sara Gelser and Representative Dan Rayfield) to let them know you care about this issue. With OSU in their district, they can play a leading role in encouraging OSU to reform their out-dated approach to forest management.
Get Involved in the Forest: We’re looking for people who can help with the following activities:
- GPS Mapping of remnant stands of old trees (we need experts in GPS technology as well as volunteers to help with mapping and measuring)
- Adopt a Grove / Harvest Area: If you like to get out in the forest (or clearcuts), we could use your help assessing whether OSU is following their Plan and the Dean’s commitment to stop cutting all trees over 160 years old. Tasks might include taking photos and measurements of old trees and stumps, and marking them. We can provide guidance and measurement tools.
- Help gather signatures for our petition at key events and locations (e.g. Corvallis Saturday Market, Lewisburg Saddle, etc.).
Thanks for your continued support!
Doug (& Friends of OSU Old Growth)