National monument proposal summary focuses on ‘natural treasures’


March 9, 2016

SUNSHINE DRIFTS through a stand of old-growth Douglas firs in Crabtree Valley. Photos by Scott Swanson

The 24-page proposal for the Douglas Fir National Monument describes a plan to establish a process of returning nearly half a million acres of timberland, most of it in the Willamette National Forest, to old-growth forest.

The proposal is described by its authors, Stephen Sharnoff of Berkeley, Calif. and Andy Kerr of Ashland, who state that it is “intended to provoke discussion.”

“In order to preserve, protect, honor and conserve one of America’s greatest natural treasures, the coast Douglas-fir forest ecosystem in a portion of the Western Cascades, it is proposed to create a Dou...

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