THE ENVIRONMENT: Lumbering Forward

Bratvold, Gretchen
January 2003
Oregon (0-8225-4099-1);2003, p54
Oregon has some of the largest forests in the United States. But the rise of logging and other industries since the mid-1800s has threatened the future of Oregon's many trees. In a state that depends on the lumber industry for money and jobs, protecting the forests is not easy. The government of Oregon has made many laws to protect forests in the state. In 1941 Oregon became the first state to require reforestation. The Oregon Department of Forestry teaches loggers to cut trees and build roads in ways that will do less harm to the environment. These efforts have slowed the destruction of Oregon's forests, but more could be done.


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