Our choice: Use forests for products, or breathe them as smoke


Ted Reiss
The Register-Guard

Last week Lincoln City hosted hundreds of policy-makers, including our state senators and representatives, at the annual Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit. Its purpose was to discuss carbon cap-and-trade mechanisms and ways to reduce Oregon’s carbon footprint. The timing couldn’t have been more poignant: Catastrophic wildfires are ripping through Oregon’s forests, torching decades of carbon storage captured in trees and emitting concentrated levels of carbon and toxic pollutants into our airshed.

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