The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Douglas fir proposal lacking roots in true science, community connections


March 9, 2016

Thirty-some years ago, a local businessman dropped by The New Era to chat with the publisher.

The vistor reported that he’d heard about a movement to shut down logging in the local national forest, ostensibly to protect a small, shy creature with a cuddly appearance, which was believed to require the deep recesses of old-growth forests for its survival: the northern spotted owl.

“This is dangerous,” the visitor warned.

We all know what happened thereafter, and the memories are particularly painful for people who lived in Sweet Home in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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