Environment Oregon Fundraising: Our oldest forests are on the chopping block

In my Inbox this morning….

Environment Oregon 2023 Fiscal Year-End Drive


2023 Fiscal Year-End Drive

Goal: $50,000

Deadline: Midnight on June 30





There’s nothing like walking through an

old-growth forest.


Magnificent Douglas firs, red spruces and white pines stand like giants against the sky, while ferns, shrubs, mosses and wildflowers dot the understory.


But right now, 20 logging projects from the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia to the Kootenai National Forest in Montana are putting mature and old-growth trees in imminent danger.1


We’ve set a goal of raising $50,000 by June 30 to keep our mature and old-growth forests off the chopping block in the year ahead. Will you donate to our 2023 Fiscal Year-End Drive today?


Last year, President Biden ordered a first-ever inventory of America’s mature and old-growth forests on federal lands and directed federal agencies to then develop policies to protect them. But the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have continued to allow timber companies to log older trees at an alarming rate.


Right now, logging projects are targeting more than 300,000 acres of mature and old-growth forests.2


We know that the longer a forest remains untouched by human development, the more that life can grow and thrive there.


But these old-growth forests aren’t just irreplaceable habitat for countless animal species (though they are). They’re also our best allies in the fight against climate change — allies we lose the minute we cut them down.


The older a tree is, the better it is at storing carbon. Nearly 70% of all carbon stored in trees is absorbed in the second half of their lives.3


We simply can’t afford to chop down our oldest trees. But if we don’t act quickly, we could soon hear the chainsaws and see our beloved forests reduced to stumps.


Donate to our 2023 Fiscal Year-End Drive to be a guardian for our oldest trees in the year ahead.


We won’t let these forests be chopped down. Here’s what we’re doing to keep trees standing for generations to come:


  • We’re asking the Biden administration to put mature and old-growth forests on federal lands off-limits to logging. Our national network has already generated more than 40,000 public comments and are continuing to raise the voices of community members, scientists and activists around the country to tell the U.S. Forest Service to defend these trees.
  • We’re urging Congress to pass the Roadless Area Conservation Act, which would keep our forests intact — permanently. This bill will safeguard millions of acres of America’s national forests, permanently protecting roadless areas from logging and road-building by strengthening the 2001 Roadless Rule.
  • We’re also working to protect the North American boreal forest from logging. Our supporters and advocates are calling on major companies — including Procter & Gamble, The Home Depot, Amazon and Costco — to not use wood from the boreal for their products.


Environment Oregon and our national network have a long history of defending our forests. We helped deliver landmark protections for 60 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, and we helped restore these roadless protections to all 9.2 million acres of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest earlier this year.


Now, we’re sending a strong message to the Biden administration to let our oldest trees grow. And we’re just getting started. With your help, we can protect mature and old-growth forests in the year ahead.


Will you stand with us as we stand up for our oldest trees?


Thank you,


Celeste Meiffren-Swango

1. Ellen Montgomery, “Threatened Forests,” Environment America, May 19, 2023.
2. Ellen Montgomery, “Threatened Forests,” Environment America, May 19, 2023.
3. Torah Kachur, “As trees age, their climate benefit grows,” CBC News, August 18, 2017.



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4 thoughts on “Environment Oregon Fundraising: Our oldest forests are on the chopping block”

  1. I am a forester and have been for 35 years. I have participated In two intensive inventories each ten years from the other. The data was gathered mostly on old growth stands. We learned that on the site 3,4, & 5 stands the trees stoped growing at around 125 years. A little older on the site 3 stands. At that age we learned that not only did growth slow way down disease and fungus started to infect the trees. Those stands are now approaching 200 years old and are very defective. As the stands of decadent old growth continue to deteriorate, trees die and brush species come in leaving a perfect environment for intense wild fires.
    Forests need to be managed and replaced when they become decadent and diseased. Young healthy stands consume much more carbon than the decadent oldgowth which consume practically none. Carbon from wild fires has become one of the greatest producers of green house gases world wide.

  2. I agree with Shaun.The Environment Oregon plea for money to save old growth forests comes across as disingenous at best and outright fraud at worst. Where are these old growth trees that are on the chopping block? Could it be that these folks have re-defined old growth as anything more than 100 years? Or, do they view any entry into a stand with old growth trees as a threat, when the entry may in fact be targeting younger trees that threaten the very existence of the old growth trees that they hold dear.

    I see a parallel here with Donald Trump’s scam of raising funds with “Stop the Steal” Environmentalism has become a business endeavor and often times a dishonest one at that.

    • There are still lots of preservationists out there, wanting Wilderness protections for all public lands. Luckily, those numbers have gotten smaller in the last 20 years. However, some people like the idea of thinning (small submerchantable trees, instead). Some have embraced limited harvesting of small merchantable trees, too. Of course, everything has to be site-specific, and some (on both sides) want to ignore those ‘details’.

      There still seems to be some active disinformation going on, which supports their donation potential. The public often falls for these ‘online petitions’, thinking that their support of the petition could result in environmental protections. In fact, some of those online petitions don’t allow you to participate unless you supply your phone number and email address (hint, hint… nudge, nudge).

      (Yes, there are still those around who want to go back to the 80s style of ‘management’, too.)


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