Northwest Forest Plan Under Review

south kalmiopsis dellasalaSince 1994, the Northwest Forest Plan has been providing protections for millions of acres of old-growth forests, imperiled spotted owls, hundreds of rare species, and wild salmon on federal lands in Washington, Oregon, and California. Without the Plan’s protections, all old-growth forests, aside from remote areas, would likely have been destroyed sometime this decade by unsustainable logging. This is why hundreds of scientists and conservation groups have worked hard to uphold the protections afforded these forests for over two decades.

The Forest Service recently began a science synthesis/review of the Northwest Forest Plan. Geos Institute submitted extensive science comments on behalf of conservation groups that includes dozens of our peer reviewed science in the region.

We are recommending that the Forest Service increase protections for old forests and watersheds in the region given forests and rivers face the double whammy of climate change and increasing land-use pressures. Without stepped up conservation, the benefits we get from the Northwest Forest Plan in clean water, climate regulation, wildlife habitat, and recreation will be degraded for future generations.

Streams like the one pictured here receive protections under the Northwest Forest Plan’s Aquatic Conservation Strategy (Photo: D. DellaSala)

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