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Corporate Logging News Articles

  Corporate LoggingArticle Links North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection is frequently interviewed for articles. Here’s a list of some the recent articles that have been published on corporate logging: Oregon Lawmakers Set Out to increase the Timber Industry’s Tax Bill. Instead, They Cut it Again Read the Article Oregon House Moves to Curb Forest Institute’s […]

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Has Industrial Forestry Impacted You? Share Your Story

Share Your StoryBecause of Covid-19, it’s been a long time since North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection has been able to have in-person community gatherings. But we’re still around, advocating for healthy drinking-water watersheds.Now, we’re looking for TWO THINGS:Volunteers andPeople who are willing to share their stories about how industrial forestry practices have impacted them and/or […]

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Action Alert: Drinking Water and Pesticide Management

To: NCCWP Members and Area Residents
From: North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection
Re: Comments to ODF Board about Drinking Water and Pesticide Moratorium

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is accepting comments about both its Forest Management Plan (FMP) and its Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Since there’s a Board of Forestry meeting on Wednesday, September 8, ideally comments should be submitted to them by Thursday, September 2, 2021. At the beginning of your message, state that it’s specifically for the BOF meeting on September 8. There are new BOF members; therefore, we want them to read our comments. (As soon as it’s available, we’ll send out more information about the meeting.)
These ODF plans cover dozens of forestland issues that are worthy of comment, but they do not prioritize safe drinking water. Also, they fail to adequately recognize the role that forestry practices can play in threatening our water supplies. They do not underscore the urgency many of us feel as we experience less rainfall as well as more pollution in the water that we do have. Timber harvesting is ODF’s top goal, and it’s hard to see where protecting drinking water gets more than a mention.
You can see more about ODF’s plans at: On that website, look under Hot Topics for: (1) Western Oregon State Forest Management Plan and (2) Habitat Conservation Plan.
You can email the Board of Forestry
You can send snail mail to: Board Support Office; Department of Forestry; 2600 State St.; Salem, OR 97310. Also, their Fax # is 503-945-7512.
We are encouraging people to focus their comments on drinking water, because we are trying to raise a red flag. We must protect our watersheds. Coastal water sources are particularly threatened, because of all the clearcutting that is happening in our watersheds. That directly affects both the quantity and quality of water that’s available for drinking. After logging, watersheds are sprayed with untested combinations of pesticides.
We also want a two-year moratorium on the use of these chemicals in watersheds while we study and map water sources, and while we have independent analyses of water quality done. As stated, please focus your comments on drinking water and this request for a moratorium. (Your comments don’t need to be long; short and to the point would be O.K.) If you wish, send me a copy of your comments so we know how many people respond to the BOF. With your help, we’ll raise our voices about drinking water concerns. Thank you for standing up and speaking out. Please share this request for comments with people you know. If you have questions, you may call or email me.

Nancy Webster

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Blaine Oregon Spraying: Insufficient Notice Provided

May 29, 2021: A Local Story Reported by Blaine, Oregon CitizensImagine you live on land you consider sacred — meadows, orchards, woods, mountainsides, riverbanks near the Pacific Ocean, land you’ve protected for decades.It’s organic. It’s beautiful. It’s quiet, bordered by more than a mile of river banks on The Big Nestucca River.Imagine how you felt […]

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“The Cutting” an Oregonian Article: We’re in the News Again!!

The following article was printed in the Oregonian on December 31, 2020. It has an important message concerning saving our coastal watersheds.The article highlights how industrial logging is a serious threat to water quality and quantity in Oregon. The story includes a section entitled: For One Company, A Small Town Caused a Big Stir.  This is […]

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Upcoming Jetty Creek Clearcut

Make Your Voice HeardYour Action is Needed! North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection is requesting an extended comment period regarding the proposed Olympic Line clearcut. The land is owned by Stimson Lumber and it directly abuts Jetty Creek. (See FERNS-NOAP Olympic Line #2020-511-12574; Stimson Lumber Company). Jetty Creek is scheduled to begin clearcutting on December 5th. Please […]

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Health Survey for Wheeler and Nehalem Communities

If you don’t already know, the Weyerhaeuser and Stimson Lumber companies have recently done some pesticide spraying near the towns of Nehalem and Wheeler, which raises some questions about the health of people exposed to those chemicals.If you are a resident of those towns and would like to help answer these questions, please consider participating […]

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Wheeler’s Backyard to Receive Chemical Soup Again

   New Release:Wheeler”s backyard to receive chemical soup againFor more information:  Nancy Webster, 503-355-2516 Stimson Lumber Company registered with the Oregon Department of Forestry to ground-spray pesticides on about 93 acres of their clearcut land (outlined in blue on the map) that is within close proximity to Wheeler, Oregon residential areas.   This application of pesticides […]

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Weyerhaeuser Clearcut Nehalem 2020

Weyerhaeuser Spraying Planned in Nehalem

Press Release:On June 3rd Weyerhaeuser sprayed pesticides above Nehalem, more spraying planned, and why we should be concerned. For more information: Nancy Webster, 503-355-2516 On Wednesday, June 3, Weyerhaeuser ground-sprayed pesticides on about 100 acres of their clearcut land within 1/4 mile of residential areas of Nehalem. Several weeks ago,  Weyerhaeuser had agreed to give […]

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