The North Coast State Forest Coalition is a group of 5 non-profit fish and conservation groups working to achieve a balanced management on the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forestsâ€”a management that adequately protects fish and wildlife habitat, clean drinking water, and recreation opportunities. We believe that these values should be supported alongside a sustainable timber harvest that supports family-wage jobs and county budgets. Our core members are:
â€¢ The Association of Northwest Steelheaders
â€¢ The Wild Salmon Center
â€¢ The Oregon Chapter, Sierra Club
â€¢ Oregon Council, Trout Unlimited
â€¢ The Northwest Guides and Anglers Association
These forests are important for providing habitat for the Northwestâ€™s iconic salmon and steelhead runs, a variety of wildlife species, clean drinking water for over 400,000 Oregonians, diverse recreation oppor- tunities (including hiking, biking, camping, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and photography), and timber production. Since the Til- lamook Burn, a series of fires from 1933 to 1951 that devastated the landscape, these lands have been in recovery. Recently management has given primacy to timber production over other values and complex forest structure (â€œold growthâ€) targets have dropped from 50% of the landscape to 30%. There is consistent pressure from the timber industry and some county commissioners to manage these lands as though they were industrial timber holdings, an approach that would undermine the mandate to manage these lands to provide the â€œGreat- est Permanent Valueâ€ to all Oregonians.
The Coalition has organized a broad grassroots effort to engage northwest Oregonians in the State Forest discus- sion. In the past two years, has pushed forward the new â€œHigh Value Conservation Areaâ€ classification on State Forests, which will apply to approximately 100,000 acres of coastal rainforest. And now, two members of our Coalition have been appointed to the stakeholder group seeking a new Forest Management Plan that will provide financial sta- bility and superior conservation outcomes. Along the way, theyâ€™ve led numerous fun and adventurous trips into the forest, held packed public meetings, and brought to light the narrative and plight of these public forests. The next 18 months will see the drafting of a plan that could shape the State Forest landscape for 10+ years, which means they will be engaged more than ever.
Success has been citizen-driven and many North Coast residents have played integral roles in these accomplishments. On November 22nd, all are invited to enjoy an early evening of stunning local photography, delicious foods, and conversation about the state of our State Forests. NCFC teams with KALA/HIPFiSHmonthly and Lightbox Photographic to provide folks on the North Coast a relaxing and fun opportunity to celebrate the successes protecting the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests and to learn about and engage in NCFC future efforts. Oregon Forest Expert, Bob Van Dyk, will provide an update on the state of our North Coast State Forests.
This event is free with food, drinks, and photographs for sale. The evening will be for celebration and discussion.
KALA (Finnish for Fish) eats for the eve
In celebration of our region – rich in trees, mountains, waters, wildlife and heritage of peoples that inhabit its lands – KALA prepares Finnish specialties available for the eve, plus Fort George brews, freshly shaken cocktails and select wines.
What: State Forest Evening with the North Coast State Forest Coalition
Where: KALA Gallery at Hipfish Monthly, 1017 Marine Dr., Astoria, OR 97103
When: 5:00-7:00 pm, November 22nd
Why: Weâ€™ve worked hard to create Conservation Areas in our State Forests, letâ€™s celebrate and keep the progress going!
Who: You and everyone you know!