North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection (NCCWP), which advocates to protect our local drinking-watersheds, is excited to announce an upcoming online talk with economist Ernie Niemi: “The Truth about the Economics of Logging.” This one-hour event will take place online via Zoom on Tuesday, September 13, at 6:30 P.M.
For 40 years, Niemi has documented the external costs of timber production in the Pacific Northwest, with a special focus on timber workers, their families, and their communities. He will speak with NCCWP about the realities of the economics of the logging industry as it currently stands, and realistic economic ways forward for our communities that are not extractive and destructive. Neimi will explain why logging is no longer an economic growth factor for our communities—in fact it actually jeopardizes the real economic drivers on the coast which are quality of life (especially, clean air and water) and recreation at our beautiful forests, beaches and rivers. Niemi’s talk will address the need for economic consideration of climate change and the biodiversity crisis, and provide tips for speaking up about the value of our forests.
NCCWP is a grassroots group of concerned citizens advocating for no more logging and no more chemical spraying near our coastal drinking-watersheds, regardless of land ownership. We have just launched a petition, “Stop Clearcutting, Slash Burns and Pesticide Sprays Near Drinking Water Sources on the Oregon Coast,” aimed at building momentum around protecting our forests and drinking-watersheds. Please sign the petition and share it with everyone you know!
The aim is to build up a network of support for our cause and spread awareness, because many people throughout Oregon and around the nation are unaware of the impact of current industrial forestry practices in Oregon. We want the eyes of our local communities, as well as the eyes of the world, to turn towards our forests and their watersheds.