The Canopy | Fall 2023

Thank you for visiting the Communities for Healthy Forests newsletter, “The Canopy”. The October edition features articles “Senator Wyden:Please Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,” By Lee Paterson and “Thinning and Prescribed Fire are Critical Tools for Wildfire Risk Reduction,” By Mark Buckbee. Happy reading.

Greetings from the Land of 500+ AQI: We’re Holding Our Breath Out Here

My family and I went to the coast Sunday for one reason: To escape the choking smoke in the air. Brian Prawitz, for CHF | August 31, 2023 My wife’s perpetual smoke induced headache and the depressing, oppressing cloud literally hanging over us was just too much. If even for a few hours, the idea […]

Catastrophic wildfires threaten clean and healthy environment

The forests that our federal and state governments manage are sending hundreds of millions of tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere as they burn each year. KENDALL COTTON | helenair.com | Jun 18, 2023 Forest fire season is underway in B.C. (Chris Harris/Getty Images) Even D.C. politicians are now choking under the smoke-filled air that […]

Planting Day

Communities for Healthy Forests led more than 100 elementary students on a literal ‘field trip’ to the Hinkle Creek area east of Sutherlin. With help from staff from Roseburg Forest Products, the BLM, US Forest Service, Douglas Forest Protective Association, and the Umpqua Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, the students learned how to […]

The Smoke Dilemma

As wood burns, many chemicals such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone are released. For people with respiratory health issues, the biggest concern with smoke is particles 2.5 microns or smaller (approximately 1/30th the diameter of a human hair), commonly called PM 2.5. These particles, when inhaled, can travel deep into […]

WORKING FORESTS CRITICAL TO ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE

The Whatcom County Forestry Advisory Committee invited researcher Dr. Edie Sonne Hall  of Three Trees Consulting to speak at their April meeting and share her insights on how forest management mitigates climate change. The topic is timely as communities, governments and policymakers search for ways to reduce the amount of CO2 gas in our atmosphere to lessen the impacts of a […]

Why Our Forests Need a Trim

How often do you get your hair cut? Odds are you go every couple of months—maybe in the depths of the Covid pandemic, you stretched it to half a year before it became unmanageable. What if you had to wait 10 years for your next trip to the barber? If we won’t wait a decade […]

Why the 2023 Oregon FFA State Convention Helped Restore My Faith in Our Future

Over 2000 students from across the state participated in the FFA Oregon State Convention.By Mark Buckbee, CHF Board Member The Oregon Future Farmers of America (FFA) Oregon State Convention was held March 16 -19 at the Deschutes County Fairground in Redmond. Over 2000 students from across the state participated in the event. All of the […]

Worsening Wildfire Smoke Requires a More Proactive Approach

The U.S. has recently experienced some of its worst wildfire seasons on record, creating unhealthy smoke that affected tens of millions of Americans. Physical health effects from wildfire smoke exposure can range from breathing difficulties to heart failure. Certain populations—including children and older adults—are at higher risk from these effects. Wildfire smoke can also affect […]