Partnering up for trees


Working forests provide benefits for everyone, which is why it’s so nice to see such a broad coalition work on a forest restoration project in Bend. According to The Bulletin, a group of community groups, timber company representatives and conservationists started work this week on a  1,200-acre forest project. All the groups agree that the old-growth timber and the trees along the Indian Ford Creek in the forest needs to be protected, and that some trees should also be harvested.

Here’s what Tim Lillebo with the conservation group Oregon Wild had to say:

The idea is for the project to “be most agreeable to most of the people,” Lillebo said. “If we can get buy-in from these different groups, we won’t have appeals and litigation.”

Is this the future of forestry, as the story’s headline suggests?