The Emperor Has No Clothes

By Steve Zika, CEO
Hampton Lumber
February 6, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has a big problem on its hands. Last week it became clear that the 70-year State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) ODF spent years developing will decimate the agency’s budget, do significantly more economic harm to surrounding communities than was previously reported, and shutter many large and small forest sector businesses in the process. While the counties, taxing districts, and local forest sector businesses like Hampton have been sounding the alarm for years, the Board of Forestry has allowed this process to continue based on ODF’s unrealistic promises and inaccurate projections. Whether or not they admit it publicly, ODF is encountering a troubling reality; their proposed HCP isn’t delivering what they claimed it would. …ODF is asking for public comment on the proposed harvest levels and implementation plans that are a direct result of this flawed HCP.  If you share our concerns, make your voice heard…

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