About the Campaign

The Tillamook Rainforest is an oasis of secluded salmon streams, popular recreational trails and important hunting and gathering areas. It is one of the best places on the planet to grow big trees. 

For too long, the Tillamook has been considered a tree farm.

With your help we will change that.

Our goals include:

  • Long-term, visible conservation areas on state forests, which protect fish, wildlife and recreation opportunities
  • Streamside forest buffers wide enough to keep water — and salmon — cold and clean during hot summers
  • A path to recovery for threatened and endangered species
  • Abundant and diverse recreation opportunities for Oregonians and visitors that builds appreciation for state forests and supports the growing $550 million North Coast outdoor recreation economy

Our work is carried out by thousands of Oregon residents, local businesses, partner organizations, and government agencies.

Commentary

Letter: I encourage everyone to weigh in on HCP to protect fish and wildlife

In this Headlight Herald / Gazette article it says, “Fish are forest products too.” That’s because wild fish are the backbone of an $80 million a year sport fishery on Oregon’s North Coast. 

But, the article got it wrong when it stated the proposed Western Oregon State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan would “limit timber harvest dramatically.” According to the economic analysis in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the HCP, timber harvest and revenues would decline more if the current approach to logging played out over the next 70 years. In other words, there is more risk to timber harvest, jobs, and county revenue by trying to maintain the status quo on state forests than under the HCP alternatives. 

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Commentary

Letter: Yamamoto’s view on HCP off-base

As a Tillamook County taxpayer and professional fishing guide, I find Commissioner Yamamoto’s opinion piece to be off-base regarding the Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).

Hundreds of fishing guides and outfitters depend on wild fish runs that originate in the six world-class wild salmon and steelhead rivers here—the Trask, Wilson, Kilchis, Miami, Nehalem, and Salmonberry. These salmon strongholds contribute to a growing $550 million outdoor recreation economy on the North Coast.

But, for the first time in my 26-year guiding history, Tillamook Bay is closed to fishing for wild fall Chinook. This follows other restrictions and closures for cutthroat trout, spring Chinook, Coho, chum, and steelhead.

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Commentary

Readers respond: Protect the Tillamook State Forest

Since moving to the Pacific Northwest and becoming truly immersed in the outdoors, my relationship with the natural world has never run deeper. One of the places that has become home to me is in the Tillamook State Forest along the banks of the Wilson River. The beauty around every corner never gets old and makes one want to keep exploring.

My relationship with my food has also become extremely important after I moved out West and learned about the abundance of wild delicacies. The entire process of researching the resource, putting in the effort to harvest, processing and providing food for myself, family and friends brings a joy that’s hard to describe. It sets off primal reward systems that I didn’t know existed and has caused a sort of paradigm shift in how I view the natural world.

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News

Appeals court reverses verdict that awarded $1 billion to Oregon timber counties

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a jury verdict that awarded Oregon timber counties and taxing districts $1.1 billion they say they are owed from lost logging revenue on land they donated to the state.

The court determined that Oregon can manage more than 700,000 acres of donated forestland for a range of values like recreation, water quality and wildlife habitat — not just logging.

“The Court of Appeals decision today is a victory for Oregon’s environment as well as for sound forest management,” Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a press release.

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Plan for logging Oregon’s state forests while protecting imperiled wildlife moves forward

A state forest plan that aims to protect endangered species across 640,000 acres of forestland west of the Cascades while providing certainty for logging is moving toward its final stages.

The proposed Western Oregon Habitat Conservation Plan would provide protections for 17 federally listed endangered species and ensure logging in other parts of the forests to limit the potential harm to those species. The species list includes the coastal marten, red tree voles, Northern spotted owl, and Oregon coast coho.

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Guest Column: Let’s give fish a better future

I grew up fishing in Oregon. Too young to fish in the ocean, I was mesmerized by the salmon my dad and grandpa caught fishing out of Astoria. I knew salmon fishing was in my future, but at the time, didn’t know how far this passion would take me.

My early days of fishing set me on a course to provide this experience to others. I’ve been working as a professional fishing guide for 31 years.

I’ve seen good years and bad with the available catch of salmon and steelhead. These wild fish are the lifeblood of an $80 million a year sport fishery on the North Coast. Depressed wild populations of coho, Chinook, steelhead and chum salmon, as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout, have eroded away the incredible transfer of wealth from urban communities, for prospective anglers who come to fish on the coast and the rural communities who benefit from that economic activity. Degraded habitat is at the very center of less abundance in fish populations and economic opportunity.

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Letter: Support rainforest conservation plan

I’ve lived on the North Coast for 33 years. As the owner of NW Women’s Surf Camps and Retreats, I have the pleasure of teaching people to catch their first wave along the Oregon Coast, looking from the ocean onto the beauty of our beaches and forests.

As a business owner, I understand that it is the health and beauty of the forests, rivers, estuaries, ocean, and wildlife that draws people here to spend their income and time in our restaurants, retail shops, hotels and on the water. That’s why I support a strong conservation plan for the Tillamook Rainforest.

The Tillamook Rainforest stretches across more than 500,000 acres of state public forest lands between the North Coast and Portland. It supports wildlife, sequesters carbon, filters water for 500,000 Oregonians, and provides recreation like hiking, mountain biking, summer swimming, mushroom gathering, hunting, and fishing. These activities, the cool moist air, and the sense of beauty people experience beneath the forest canopy are not just unique experiences for many, but a unique economic asset.

The Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan would protect habitat for 17 threatened and endangered species on the North Coast like the coho salmon, marbled murrelet, and slender salamander. The plan would also provide assurances for timber production outside dedicated conservation areas. This plan is fair and balanced.

We have the opportunity to weigh in on a Tillamook conservation plan by June 1, and I encourage you to do so today at forestlegacy.org.

Lexie Hallahan, Owner

Source: Seaside Signal

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Video

Tillamook Forest Stories with Yassine Diboun

Yassine Diboun is an ultramarathoner, professional coach and business owner. And he spends a lot of time training in the Tillamook. He uses the forest not only to get his miles in and develop his trainees: he goes there to feed to his soul. 

“Some people go to the mosque or church. I go to the Tillamook.” 

Outdoor recreation is such an important part of Oregon’s economy and our culture. 

State wide it’s a $13B industry. On the North Coast alone, fishing, hunting, birding, trail riding and other activities contribute $500 million to the local economy every year. 

Access to outdoor recreation on public lands consistently ranks as one of the most important parts of life for Oregonians. They won’t trade it for anything. 

That’s why it’s so important that we have balanced management that includes conservation and recreation on 500,000 acres of state lands that stretch across the Tillamook Rainforest. Learn more at forestlegacy.org.

Credits: @tracy.nc @miyamotoryan

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Tillamook Forest Stories with Laura Tesler

Laura Tesler is a fisheries biologist and underwater photographer who travels the world to swim with fish. One of her favorite places to go is the wild salmon streams of the Tillamook Rainforest.

Here, Six world-class wild salmon and steelhead rivers—the Trask, Wilson, Kilchis, Miami, Nehalem, and Salmonberry feed giant mother trees, black bears, stalking herons and anglers from around the country. Drawing up to 100 inches of rain annually, the forest, stream network and connected tidal wetlands drive a natural fish factory, with thousands of coho, cutthroat trout, winter steelhead, and famous runs of fall chinook that arrive in waves from September to March.  The Tillamook River basin is also home to the southernmost viable runs of chum salmon. 

With their streaked spawning markings, chum traditionally served as important food fish up and down the West Coast. 

That’s why it’s so crucial that we have durable streamside protections in the Tillamook. So that fishing communities and wildlife that depend on salmon can continue to thrive.

Credits: @tracy.nc @miyamotoryan

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