Fact Checking Oregon’s Timber Harvest Debate

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has proposed a bill that could double harvests on more than two million acres of federal forests across Western Oregon. The timber management conversation has also spread to the state’s gubernatorial campaign.

With a recent bill by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) to expand forest management in Western Oregon as context, the Oregonian’s PolitiFact recently waded into the conversation about how best to manage the state’s forests by examining recent claims by Gordon Challstrom, a Medford businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Specifically in question are Challstrom’s claims that "Oregon and the federal government now have more than one million acres of burnt land and millions of trees being left to rot."

In the process of fact checking Challstrom’s statement, the article reveals a lot of information about Oregon’s forests and some of the methods in place to measure the impacts of forest fires.

Full Story: Do Oregon and the federal government have more than 1 million acres of burnt land with millions of rotting trees?

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