OSU study: Northwest Forest Plan has yet to turn the tide for birds at risk
February 6, 2019
By Steve Lundeberg
Oregon State University Writer
Twenty-five years into a 100-year federal strategy to protect older forests in the Pacific Northwest, forest losses to wildfire are up and declines in bird populations have not been reversed, new research shows.
The findings, published Monday, Feb. 4, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, underscore the importance of continuing to prioritize the safeguarding of older forests, the scientists say – forests characterized by a complex structure that includes multiple canopy layers, large trees, downed wood and snags.