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Plans for an ailing forest include logging, and some are suspicious

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🗞️ Driving the news: Oregon officials plan to log trees, including some healthy Douglas firs, in response to forest health declines caused by drought, insect attacks, and climate change
• The move aims to reduce wildfire risks and promote forest health but has sparked suspicion among environmentalists

🔭 The context: Decades of fire suppression have disrupted the natural ecosystem balance, exacerbating tree mortality
•  Experts highlight the need for proactive forest management to help ecosystems adapt to climate change

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Effective forest management is crucial for mitigating climate change impacts and maintaining biodiversity
• The controversy underscores the complexity of balancing logging with conservation efforts in the face of ecological crises

⏭️ What's next: Officials will proceed with logging plans while addressing environmentalists' concerns
• Ongoing dialogue between government agencies and environmental groups is essential for developing sustainable forest management strategies

💬 One quote: “The droughts and heat and climate change are killing trees widely, and there’s no clear way to put that genie back in the bottle,” said Rob Jackson, an ecologist at Stanford University

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