Letter: Let OSU's forest sequester carbon

Letter: Let OSU's forest sequester carbon

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All with an interest in the future of the forest are indebted to Doug Pollock, who discovered the clear-cut of old trees, then ferreted out the myriad problems with the Oregon State University College of Forestry management. We also owe a debt to Debra and Norman Johnson for their thoughtful Oct. 1 “As I See It” piece in the Gazette-Times. But from public comments, there are many besides me who do not believe the OSU College of Forestry can reform itself. It is just too immersed in the industrial logging culture.

I have a suggestion that goes further than the Johnson’s, one that I believe is reflective of 21st century Oregonians’ idea of a research forest:

1). Replace the OSU College of Forestry as sole manager of the forest with a team drawn from all colleges at OSU as well as the general public; 2) Stop all industrial logging; 3) Redirect the research mission to focus on forest carbon sequestration; 4) Change the name to “MacDonald-Dunn Carbon Sequestration Research Forest”; and 5) Give the College of Forestry 10 years to bring management of the other OSU research forests into alignment with the priorities of 21st century Oregonians.

This proposal recognizes that the forest belongs to OSU, not the College of Forestry, and would put OSU on the map as a leader in forest carbon sequestration research. A feather in President Ed Ray’s cap as he moves on.

You’ve got to admit “Macdonald-Dunn Carbon Sequestration Research Forest” has a nice ring to it.

Steve Cook

Corvallis (Oct. 5)

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