Tillamook River, Oregon© Jeff Mishler
Core Partners

Oregon Forest Conservation Coalition

Core Partners

Oregon Forest Conservation Coalition

The Oregon Forest Conservation Coalition (formerly North Coast State Forest Coalition) was formed in 2010 by conservation partners – including Wild Salmon Center – to focus on balanced forest management in northwest Oregon’s crown jewels: the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests.

Chris Smith Oregon North Coast State Forest Coalition
Chris Smith of the Oregon Forest Conservation Coalition measures the circumference of a tree | © Trygve Steen

A balanced approach allows responsible timber harvests while protecting fish and wildlife habitat, clean drinking water, and recreation opportunities. The coalition now includes seven conservation and fishing groups and is supported by more than 100 local businesses, government entities, and organizations. Working within the Oregon Department of Forestry planning process to protect and enhance conservation areas, the coalition ensures a durable and effective forest legacy for future generations.

The coalition has helped conserve 140,000 acres for important wildlife habitat, stream corridors and unique plant life in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. In 2015, the coalition proposed new protected areas around the Wilson and Kilchis rivers and around Kings Mountain, to permanently conserve some of the most popular areas of the North Coast. In 2017 we helped lead efforts to keep the Elliott State Forest public.

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