Rio Grande Valley Broadband • Entered by Susan Ostlie on April 29, 2023
Forest Coalition meetings
February 27, 2023 – April 17, 2023
Participants and Hours
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Key Issue: Public Lands Health & Protection
Activity Type: Trainings (WALTS, CAREs/GLOWs, research, conferences, workshops, etc.)
Key Partners: Forest Coalition – Environment America, 30 state environmental groups. Environment America research and Policy Center
Short Description of Activity
2/27 – 1 hour – Introduction to the purpose of the coalition to save large and old growth trees and forests.
3/20 – 1 hour – All of these webinars gave examples of actions and advocacy needed to influence decisions by the USFS and BLM about logging and clear cutting.
3/27 – 1 hour
4/17 – 1 hour
I attended all of the meetings, but didn’t have much of anything to say. When I asked about restoration techniques in the Q and A or the Chat, my questions and comments were not addressed. It was obvious that restoration was not an option for the group, and, given what I have seen of the state of Oregon forests and “restoration” projects, their position is understandable. However, given how departed the forests in NM are from historic conditions due to grazing and total supression, I do feel that thinning and controlled burns has to be an option. Fire coming through NM forests does not allow for regrowth like the much wetter forests in much of Oregon and Washington would. No one on the webinar seemed to have heard of a CFLRP or CFRP’s. So I didn’t feel like signing on to any of their actions.