The Forest Management
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Forest management is the maintaining and management of not only the

trees in the forest, but the streams, habitat, watersheds, and even the

decaying trees or logs on the forest floor. Managing our forests is not only

important to the wildlife, but to our future economy and way of life. We need

to continue to save the Oregon forests and help the ecosystems within them

because human beings are also part of the ecosystem.

By using forest management, it can help certain species of wildlife.

Some species of birds, such as the pileated woodpecker, which need large

snags to build nest cavities(7). But the worst possible approach to maintaining

a wide diversity of species would be to manage every acre of the forest the

same way. Any change in forest habitat creates "winners” and "losers.” As

forests go through natural cycles of growth, death and regeneration, species

may inhabit or be absent from a given area partly in response to natural

changes in the structure of trees and other forest vegetation(4). The same

occurs when forest stands are managed by humans.

Unless future credible research indicates otherwise, effort should be

made to manage a wide range of forest structures. Maintaining diversity would

be best served by using a broader range of management tools. Those would

include harvesting on federal land - not simply thinning - and increasing the

commitment to old-growth attributes on private forest land through

techniques such as retaining large trees and snags. As long as federal lands

are substantially committed to providing late successional habitat, private

forest land can be substantially committed to younger, intensively managed

stands, provided critical habitat characteristics are available.

The federal lands make up more than 50% to 60% of the forests in

Oregon(3). Because timber harvest in now dramatically reduced on federal


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