by Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian/OregonLive
For as long as climate change legislation has been debated in Oregon, the forestry sector has been the ghost in the room.
If policymakers bothered to discuss it at all, they assumed the sector was carbon neutral, with the greenhouse gas emissions from logging offset by replanting and forest growth each year. But no one really knew; the data didn’t exist for Oregon. And in a state where big timber exercises outsize political clout relative to its economic importance, the politics of including it in any potential regulation or strategy to increase carbon stocks was simply a nonstarter.
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