Concerns about water, wildlife and wildfire will shape Oregon’s forest policies in a climate-changing future


When timber companies and environmental groups reached agreement on a new management regime for Oregon’s private forests last year, observers wondered if this signaled an end to our decades-long timber wars.

So, it seemed in the months that followed. Despite invocations of the good old days in Oregon’s logging communities by gubernatorial candidates Christine Drazan and Betsy Johnson, disputes over timber policies that dominated state politics since the 1990s barely registered in the 2022 election season.