The Oregon Department of Forestry’s public hearings on their “High Value Conservation Area” classification in Cannon Beach and Hillsboro were well-attended. Both hearings showed overwhelming support for the creation of High Value Conservation Areas on state forest lands.

There were concerns expressed about public access to these areas. The North Coast State Forest Coalition has no interest in seeing any recreational access limited in these lands and the Department of Forestry does not predict that access will be changed in any way.

The Daily Astorian has a good article on the Cannon Beach Hearing.

The public comment period on High Value Conservation Areas is still open. Submit your comments here!