Commissioners: Our public forests should be restored and replanted

Oregon county commissioners argue that the state shouldn't stand in the way of harvesting timber affected by recent wildfires.

Oregon's 2020 wildfires will be seared in the hearts and minds of Oregonians, leaving a morbid black scar on our history and landscapes. Fires ripped through our communities forcing thousands to flee for their lives, burning small towns, obliterating our most treasured recreation spots, and taking the lives of loved ones. We are heartbroken and continue to mourn with our neighbors over our collective loss.

While the trauma will remain for some time, we can begin the healing process together. Recovering and rebuilding can be therapeutic. We should focus on caring for our heavily damaged towns, lives and forests.