Environmental group questions true cost of logging Forest Grove watershed

By Dillon Mullan
Forest Grove News Times
January 4, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An environmental group is asking Forest Grove to reconsider logging practices in its watershed. The city owns over 4,000 acres some 7 miles outside town and contracts a forestry service to cut and sell logs. Since 2002, around two-thirds of the property has been actively thinned and replanted, according to Barry Sims, who manages the forest for contractor Trout Mountain Forestry. “Because the trees are generally 80 to 100 years old, they’re very high-quality, so there is a lot of good opportunity for selling those logs and return a pretty good price to the city,” Sims told the Forest Grove City Council at a December meeting. In 2022, net revenue from the logs was $1,014,540. However, the nonprofit Treekeepers of Washington County says those 100-year-old trees are much more valuable alive than they are as timber, storing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than recently planted trees.

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