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Rogue Valley scientist joins proposal to end logging of older U.S. forests

Timber wars
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A screen capture from Google Earth provides an aerial view of the south fork of Gordon Creek, one of two water sources for Corbett, Oregon. The townÕs water has been threatened by the timber industryÕs clear-cutting.

When Brazil lets farmers cut down the rain forest for agriculture, there's little we can do.

But Americans do have some say in how the older public forests of our country are managed. And the Rogue Valley's Dominick DellaSala, Chief Scientist at Wild Heritage, would like to simply stop the logging of older forests on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

Climate change is a major reason, but there's a fire component to the thinking as well. Wild Heritage is one of 128 separate environmental groups that signed onto a letter to President Biden on the eve of the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. And hours before our chat, the summit released a plan to reduce deforestation.

Dominick DellaSala returns to explain the vision of the proposed ending of older-forest logging.

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