Energy Security
Sustainability Moving Forward

Statement on Energy Security

Much policy in the 21st century has been geared up to protect prime forestry. Excessively aggressive logging is known to be an unsustainable and detrimental activity, both in Oregon and the wider United States. Forest protection laws have evolved rapidly to safeguard the future of the USA's greenest areas, but more yet has to be done to secure the future of our trees. Experts in energy security information, such as Daniel Yergin, have already weighed into the debate to point out the growing importance of renewable research in order to truly secure the future of the world's developed economies. At OregonForestry.org, we aim to engineer guidelines and policy that best serve the important interests of business, consumers and the environment combined.

Trees serve a great multitude of benefits to the environment and their destruction threatens more than just the environment. We are also acutely aware of the impact on natural ecosystems, animal communities and the scenic beauty of our communities. However, the issue calling for the most prompt attention is the potential damaging effect on our energy supplies and climate. Initiatives we've supported include those encouraging the replacement of logged areas with newly planted trees. Recently, the Associated Oregon Loggers concluded that every man, woman and child consumes the equivalent of a whole tree each year in paper and packaging demand. This startling statistic reinforces the dire need for proactive replanting policies, in Oregon and the wider USA.

Prominent energy experts have argued the need for pre-emptive action in ensuring a secure flow of natural resources. Although lumber is favored by some as a theoretically sustainable option, recent history has taught us that demand typically outstrips consumption. Trees can take decades to reach maturity and so early intervention is a necessary step to prevent spiraling prices of paper and packing products. Action is made additionally necessary by the pollution created by the heavy machinery required by intensive logging. Our remit also covers the protection of our state's landscape and natural beauty. We believe future generations are also entitled to enjoy the stunning scenery of our state, and this provides an ongoing campaigning motivation. Our location, next to one of the densest US population centers, makes us a popular target for resource provision. Whilst this makes economic sense, we argue at a policy level for sensible measures restricting the amount of logging allowed by law. For the time being our approach continues to bridge the interests of all stakeholders.