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Conservation News

Our work often generates media postings or articles covering the efforts of the Worthy Garden Club addressing broad issues of climate change and loss of critical habitat.  This incredibly important work includes supporting and collaborating with researchers and scientists at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and other organizations looking at forest health issues such as fire resistance, carbon storage, connectivity, and biodiversity.  We'll post recent information here, and maintain an archive of past activities and publications to keep you informed of our work and how we're meeting our mission.  

For more information and to see what you can do, click on the Forest Management page under the initiatives tab at the top of the screen.  Thank you for supporting the Worthy Garden Club!

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Yesterday, June 14, six conservation organizations around Oregon filed a legal challenge against a Trump-era decision that allows the logging of mature trees on over 7 million acres of eastside forests.

This document is the press release submitted by Central Oregon Land Watch describing the suit and summarizing the issues.

We strongly support this effort and are working with these organizations and others to effect change in the preservation of mature trees and the decisions made by managers of our state and federal forests.

We'll continue to report on progress, and will be offering opportunities for public input and education on the Eastside Screens issue.  Stay tuned!

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West Bend Project Keeps On Giving

The Bend City Council sent a letter to Holly Jewkes, Supervisor for the Deschutes National Forest on April 26 (see below). The Bend Bulletin published this article on Thursday, May 19 2022 describing the main points in the letter and providing some additional perspectives on both sides of the issue. 


At the heart of the controversy is climate change and the role that large diameter trees play in our climate emergency.


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This letter went to Holly Jewkes, Supervisor of the Deschutes National Forest, asking for additional information about what happened at the West Bend Project near Phil's Trail.  What occurred during logging seems to contradict what was approved during the environmental analysis and documented in the Record of Decision.  Approvals are nearly a decade old, and the Forest Service refused to put a hold on this small portion of the project to consider new science.  They could have revised the decision, but chose not to.  We expect better decisions from those we trust to manage our public resources.

The Bend City Council sent this letter to Holly Jewkes, Deschutes National Forest Supervisor to express their support for the protection of large and mature trees around Bend. They specifically reference the wide range of public benefits provided by the Deschutes National Forest.  

We thank the Bend City Council for taking a stand on this issue and submitting this letter!

We sent this letter to Bend Mayor Sally Russell, County Commissioner Phil Chang and Deschutes Forest Supervisor Holly Jewkes on March 24, over a week before the mature ponderosa along Phil's Trail were removed.

In it, we summarize recent scientific findings related to climate change and fire resistance, and ask for a pause before approving removal of the trees.

It didn't work.  But we included the letter as Exhibit 1 with the letter sent on April 18  to maintain the record.  We are using this project to raise awareness of forest practices across the state and in our own backyard.

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These photos document the removal of large diameter ponderosa along the Pine Drops trail in the Phil's Trail mountain biking trails complex.  The stated objective of the harvest was to improve fire resistance and maintain mature forest structure.  However, the oldest and largest trees were removed; the trees with the greatest fire resistance because of thick bark and high crown heights.  The smaller trees that are more susceptible to fire were left, reducing the overall resistance to fire, decreasing carbon storage capacity, and threatening biodiversity within the project area.  This doesn't make sense.


For more information contact: Rick Martinson, Executive Director.  |  541-639-4776 x 221