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Online Discussion on Oregon Coast Forestry Practices, April 29

Published 04/22/21 at 3:35 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Online Discussion on Oregon Coast Forestry Practices, April 29

(Portland, Oregon) – Equally important to tourism and local economies as the beaches, Oregon coast’s forests require even more careful planning in the face of various changes, including climate change itself.

To that end, the Oregon coast group Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition presents an online panel discussion on forestry practices in the coastal region on Thursday, April 29, at 6 p.m.

“The Impact of Forestry Practices on Coastal Communities and Environments” is free and open to the public. The event is part of Oregon Shores’ year-long celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary.

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.

One theory is that around 2,000 years ago a massive, cataclysmic earthquake abruptly dropped this forest possibly more than 25 feet. Another is that over a period of decades, the landscape changed and enveloped the forest in sand and mud. Whatever the case, they were preserved from natural decay by being entombed and hidden from oxygen for thousands of years.

Another favorite detail of many – one that you may have missed unless you were looking closely – sits near the tideline in Seaside. At lower tides, an elbow-shaped pipe is visible, the last remnant of the old natatorium in this 100-year-old resort town. These were saltwater baths that were popular until around the 30’s.

Speakers include:

Dr. John Talberth, President and Senior Economist for the Center for Sustainable Economy and Co-Director for the Forest Carbon Coalition, on “How Industrial Logging Corporations Damage the Coastal Economy.”