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Worthy Environmental Asks Leaders About Importance of Mature Trees

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

On August 1, 2022 we held a symposium at Worthy Brewing to discuss the need to preserve large diameter trees and mature forests in central and eastern Oregon.

We were joined by Drs. Beverly Law and Dominick DellaSala, two international experts on forest ecology, climate change, and biodiversity who discussed their work in climate science and the importance of mature forests.

Roger Worthington (Worthy Garden Club), Ben Gordon (Central Oregon LandWatch), and Erik Fernandez (Oregon Wild) provided information on the need and efforts of local organizations working on preservation of forest ecosystems.

As part of the planning for our Aug 1 symposium, we asked our congressional representatives and some people currently running for office four specific questions about their thoughts on mature trees, forest ecosystems, and the need to preserve biodiverse systems in a climate emergency. The following letters document their response.

We're continuing to work with researchers, scientists, and policy makers to implement rules and standards for preserving mature forests. But we can use your help. Please contact your national and state representatives and local policy makers to express your concerns over the fate of our forests and our world. Together we can make a difference!

Letter from Senators Wyden and Merkley answering the four questions, received August 1, 2022

Wyden-Merkley Response 08
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Representative Peter Defazio's response, received July 27, 2022

DeFazio Response 07.27
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And this response from Representative Suzanne Bonamici, received July 21, 2022

Bonamici Response 7.21
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Congressional Democratic Nominee Jamie McLeod-Skinner may have provided the most thoughtful response, received via email July 28, 2022

McLeod-Skinner Response 07.28
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