In that most wonderful time between Christmas and New Year’s, the U.S. Forest Service announced that it halted – for now – a controversial plan to auction off land for logging in the Willamette National Forest. Conservation organizations opposed the “Flat Country” sale, east of Eugene, because it allowed for cutting 1,000 acres of mature and old-growth trees across a 4,300 acre swath of the forest. The Forest Service cited President Biden’s Executive Order 14072, issued on Earth Day 2022, to explain its reversal. …Oregon’s offices of the BLM should immediately review all pending timber sales in light of the president’s call to protect mature and old trees. Clearcutting and thinning old trees helps no one, but a healthy old forest is good for everyone.