Guest Column: Forests are a treasure for us all

By Bob Rees and Nancy Cook

The Tillamook and Clatsop state forests are a treasure for all of us who live and work here on the North Coast. They provide us with places to hunt and fish, to camp and hike, to off-road and cool off on a hot summer day.

For us, like many families, they are also a source of livelihood. The cool creeks high in the forest rear steelhead and salmon that drive the $90 million North Coast sport fishery. Recreational fishing employs the two of us and 2,000 more people coastwide and it’s a staple of life for so many more up and down the coast.

After all, healthy salmon runs are an important forest product — something we’ve felt more acutely with recent sportfishing closures.

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Support Increased Conservation in the Tillamook Rainforest  

The Tillamook Rainforest hosts six salmon strongholds and stands an oasis for fish, wildlife, and recreation in Northwest Oregon. A new draft habitat conservation plan would protect roughly half of state lands in the Tillamook Rainforest for 70 years. This balanced approach has co-benefits for clean drinking water, climate stabilization, and outdoor recreation. Yet some special interests aim to go backward and increase logging of the Tillamook Rainforest. 

Can you speak up for the Tillamook and all the benefits it provides?

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