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Welcoming Conversations on the Forest discussion here!

Postby Kevin » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:57 pm

Conversations on the Forest

...is a series of fireside chats delving deeply into facts and futures of the forests of Lane County and the Pacific Northwest.

The forest is central to our regional identity, ecology, and economy. Competing public and private interests have driven growth, decline, and political division for decades. In a series of five discussions, Lane County Commissioner Rob Handy, public interest forester Roy Keene, and ArchitectureWeek editor-in-chief Kevin Matthews will explore the past, present, and future of our forests with a depth and openness rarely seen.

Who owns Lane County’s forests, and how have they changed over time? How does forest management, on both public and private land, benefit and impact Lane County residents? Can we sustain the forest, and all its many benefits?

First Mondays
6:00-7:30pm
February 6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4
At Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. in Eugene

For more information: http://www.conversationsontheforest.org

Contact: Rob Handy rob@robhandy.com
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Re: Welcoming Conversations on the Forest discussion here!

Postby Kevin » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:17 pm

"Conversations on the Forest" is a special project sponsored by Lane County Commissioner Rob Handy - which I'm co-hosting with Rob and with Roy Keene, public interest forester - which I'd like to share with you even if you're far away or not regularly immersed in forest issues.

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Our first session, Forest Facts, was at Cozmic on February 6, 2012. "Forest Economics" will be our conversation topic on Monday, March 5.

The magnificent forests of the Pacific Northwest have appeared in the national news repeatedly for decades because of cycling conflict between harvest, and conservation. Lane County - which since World War II has often been the highest timber-producing county in the highest timber-producing state in the U.S. - is at the epicenter of this ancient conflict.

Rob, Roy and I believe that profound grassroots collaboration involving a full spectrum of interests and politics is the best - and probably the only - way to move past the resource conflict pendulum to craft new creative approaches to forest preservation and utilization that will provide wins for economics and ecology both.

However, while many voices have supported the general idea of collaboration around forest futures, there appear to be some key constituencies which either resist substantively committing to the process, or in other cases, still seem to think there may be viable shortcuts, like one top-down compromise solution or another.

Our forest issues entwine every dimension of regional life - from school funding to salmon, from rural jobs to the global atmosphere. Too often public conversation about the forests has turned on sound bites and news items tending to reinforce stereotypes rather than focus toward our best community outcomes. How can we get to a deeper, more fruitful discussion?

In this context, our new Conversations on the Forest is a series of five programs in fireside chat format, aimed at sharing and expanding our collective baseline knowledge and understanding of the wide-ranging issues around our forests - to help anyone interested in moving toward a place of broader and deeper understanding of forest facts, challenges, and the possibilities of our forest futures.

We hope to go together beyond the headline fusillades, building a foundation for future collaboration while building shared respect, language, and understanding. I'd love to see you there, in person if you can... and in discussion, from time to time, right here!
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