Second Ecology Speaker Series

CHUCK WILLER,Director of theCoast Range Association

The Climate Crisis, Putting People Before Profits

 MARY SCURLOCK,Coordinator of theOregon Stream Protection Coalition

Private Forests, Public Waters: Why Oregon’s Stream Protections are Failing

Thursday February 21 7PM Doors openat 6:30

  1. 219COLUMBIA HALL Clatsop Community College

Co-sponsored by Forest Visions Project and CREATE

CHUCK WILLERhas studied forest management in Western Oregon for twenty-five years, focusing on the tax structure for timber companies in Oregon, the history of how the industry has lobbied to pay fewer taxes, depriving timber counties revenue, and how the industry has consolidated Oregon’s private forest ownership into large corporate companies that are Timber Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs) or Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS), driven by Wall Street. He will discuss new forest management policies and consider how a Green New Deal can apply to Oregon’s high-density carbon forests typical of Clatsop County, and local, state and national solutions for putting people before profits in solving the climate crisis.

MARY SCURLOCKis a lawyer and experienced freshwater policy advocate who coordinates the twenty-eight environmental and fishing industry organizations called theOregon Stream Protection Coalition. She will discuss how and why Oregon’s Board of Forestry and Environmental Quality Commission and other government actors are failing to protect the public’s interest in clean water and wildlife on state and private forestlands. The presentation will provide examples of logging impacts on water quality and aquatic habitat, gaps between state regulations and legal mandates, how Oregon’s forest and stream protection requirements are weaker than those in neighboring states, and advocating for stronger baseline regulations under the Oregon Forest Practices Act and its implementing rules.

Talks followed by Q&A

We look forward to your attendance and thank you for your leadership.

Chris Farrar,President, CREATE, The Columbia River Estuary Action Team

Roger Dorband,Forest Visions Project,Ecology Speaker Series Coordinator

The EcologySpeaker Seriesis designed to stimulate dialogue and discussion about climate change, educating for the future work force, and adopting protectionist policies and smart design related to the management of our great forests.The Series is part of The Forest Vision Project — co-imagining eco-education “living laboratories” that integrate art, cultural history, science, innovative building, and multi-media storytelling. The project is anchored by Dan McClure, CCC Librarian, Susan Banyas, multi-media artist, Roger Dorband, photographer and writer.

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