Brent Davies, Forestry Balances Profit and Conservation in the Pacific Northwest, The Solutions Journal, Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2011, Pages 57-63 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/forestry-balances-profit-and-conservation-in-the-pacific-northwest/) Abstract: The temperate rainforests that hug the coasts of Oregon and Washington are some of the most productive forests in the world.1 Temperate rainforests sequester more carbon per hectare than any other ecosystem on earth, are rich sources of biodiversity, and provide the people of Oregon and Washington with the majority of their drinking water as well as employment and recreational opportunities.2–5 In addition, the tree species native to the forests of the Pacific Northwest—including Douglas fir and western red cedar—are among the world’s most valuable for building and construction. For more than half a century, the Pacific Northwest forests have been managed like an agricultural crop to produce timber.6 In general, industrial management replaces diverse forest with a monoculture plantation, uses herbicides to reduce as much of the competing vegetation as possible and applies pesticides to kill potential pests, harvests the trees as soon as possible, burns the slash and … Topics: Conservation; Economy; Ecosystem Services; Forests