Daily Astorian, 12/29/22 – In mid-November, the Oregon Board of Forestry met in Seaside to discuss, among other things, a new 70-year plan for state forests. At the meeting, environmental interest groups led petitions to support the plan regardless of the impacts to rural Oregon. Their solution to the ensuing drop in revenue? Decouple state forests from local public services and hope the state Legislature will pick up the shortfall with taxpayer dollars. This argument demonstrates a fundamental naivety about the social and economic networks these forests support.