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The West is beginning to understand itself in a new way, as a region with its own cultural identity, an identity strongly shared by the landforms that define the territory and give shape to its communities. The love of the land that brought so many people to the West and keeps them there is common ground on which westerners can articulate and enact a commitment to a shared agenda of living well in a well-loved place."
-Daniel Kemmis, This Sovereign Land, p. 115

"The concept of sustainability will enable Oregon to achieve greater economic prosperity, more vital communities, and a healthier environment. We should not and cannot afford to let these three goals be in conflict with one another."
-Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski

"We have talked about the importance of educating the public, but one piece we have left out is the education of policy-makers. Lawmakers come from different backgrounds. We want the quick answer because there are so many issues and so many problems to deal with."
-Representative Deborah Kafoury (D-Portland)

 
"We need a new social contract between rural and urban Oregon. The capacity to finance investment in the land is primarily in the urban areas; however, the most cost-effective place for the investment in ecological restoration is in the rural areas. We must invest in a manner that sustains local economies and social systems at the same time that we are recovering the ecological values that we care about."
-Sara Vickerman, West Coast director, Defenders of Wildlife

"It is important that this Forestry Program for Oregon talks about not only what kind of forest management we need, but what kinds of institutions we need to address the problems we see before us in natural resources."
- K. Norman Johnson, professor, College of Forestry, Oregon State University

"The era of single-issue or single-entity or single-focus management is over. It's over for the Forest Service. It's over for the Fish and Wildlife Service. It's over for the state. It's over for the Department of Forestry. And I believe it's over for corporate, private owners."
-Kemper McMaster, state supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

"We have to put our thinking about sustainability into a global context. Over 30 percent of the industrial wood used in the world every year has crossed at least one international boundary between the time it was a tree and the time it becomes a wood product of some sort. Even if you are selling into a local market, the prices you get are influenced by global economic forces."
-Hal Salwasser, dean, College of Forestry, Oregon State University

"It takes six generations of family to take advantage of two generations of forest stands. It is a lot easier to grow two generations of trees than it is to hold the land in the family for six generations."
-Clint Bentz, 2002 National Tree Farmer of the Year, and family forest

"It appears that low-density residential development in or near forests has not affected harvest rates in western Oregon. However, it may be reducing forest investment, as exemplified by planting and thinning rates which could alter forest characteristics in the future."
-Jeffrey Kline, research forester, Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA

"In eastern Oregon, projections indicate that industry lands do not have the potential to maintain recent historical harvest levels-with reductions of 50 percent or more anticipated. This ownership has a lot of its inventory in the smaller size classes. As these smaller trees mature, inventory will grow and future harvest potential will expand, but in the near term, the harvest will be sharply restricted because of a lack of merchantable volume."
-Darius Adams, professor, College of Forestry,
Oregon State University Forest Service landowner

"I think there is an opportunity-maybe a necessity-to demonstrate that current and future forest practices are not going to be creating adverse impacts. It's really a credibility question. To address this, we need to upgrade the research knowledge base to bring us into the next century. We're really running off results of studies that took place 25 and 30 years ago, when the forest practices and society's view of these systems were just incredibly different. So an upgrading of our understanding is really very important."
-Robert Beschta, professor emeritus, College of Forestry,
Oregon State University

"Mimicking disturbance regimes is how you move into the future with regard to protecting riparian resources along major rivers. We need to be thinking about the dynamic disturbance regimes that created these forests and their riparian systems, rather than locking up a place or a thing at this time."
-Robert Beschta, professor emeritus, College of Forestry, Oregon State University

There is a huge amount of voluntary work going on that's not driven by incentives, not driven by economics, but driven by people wanting to do what's right."
-Bill Arsenault, Committee for Family Forestlands member and family forest landowner

"I know that we don't want to be species-specific in protecting wildlife, but at the same time, if we're not looking at some of the species and what they actually need, then we also could be asking people to do a lot with almost no gain or measurable objectives."
-Sybil Ackerman, conservation director, Society of Portland

"From a sustainability standpoint, you can argue that these different approaches to biodiversity really are a way of spreading risk. We don't have all the answers. No one owner has all the answers of how to do this. This mix of ownerships I think is a wonderful experiment. If we follow up with monitoring and evaluation, it's really a great opportunity to learn about the effects of different forest management practices."
-Thomas Spies, research forester, Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service

"I worry about discussions that lead to a public perception that there is a lot wrong out in the forests without knowing that is the case. We should be careful about rushing to solutions when we are still in an assessment stage. Even if we believe some things are wrong, we shouldn't jump on every issue and assume every issue has a problem. If we move too quickly, without completing adequate assessments, collaborators will step away from each other, and we'll lose public support. Though we need to recognize the problems that do exist, moving too quickly, before adequate assessments are completed, will cause potential collaborators to step away from each other and will further erode public support."
-Jennifer Phillippi, treasurer, Rough & Ready Lumber Co. and president, Perpetua Forests Co.

"The management approach currently being applied across our nation's western federal forests is unlikely to be sustainable in the long run. If we continue the current passive management approach, forest health conditions can be expected to deteriorate, and forests will continue to be subject to high-severity wildfires, with accompanying damage to watersheds, fish and wildlife habitat, homes, and communities."
-Stephen Fitzgerald, associate professor, College of Forestry, Oregon State University

"Probably the biggest overriding threat to our forests from a forest health standpoint is the introduction of non-native organisms. The irony of the situation is that while we in the forest community have the most to lose with such an occurrence, we have not been as actively involved as we should in seeking possible solutions or preventing these kinds of introductions."
-Alan Kanaskie, forest pathologist, Oregon Department of Forestry

"The Pacific Northwest, and western Oregon in particular, is a great place to store carbon because the forests here can be long-lived. These forests are very productive, and they store a lot of material in soil and in detritus - that is, dead stuff. We have done studies where we've gone out to different old-growth forests and tallied the total amount of carbon stored in them. These are very large stores, some of the largest you can find on earth."
-Mark Harmon, professor, College of Forestry, Oregon State University

"[On the subject of carbon offsets,] prices per ton of carbon stored are running between about $5 and up to $30 per ton. We're really talking about a multi-billion-dollar potential stream of revenue. It could be a way to pay for a lot of conservation easements and pay for things like riparian buffers and other changes in forest practices that would increase storage of carbon."
-Mark Harmon, professor, College of Forestry, Oregon State University