Forest and the Economy imageInvestigateWest, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization (www.invw.org), and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) are excited to present a pair of special events on one of the Northwest’s most pressing public policy issues: Forests and the Economy. Join us for a symposium on May 27 in Portland, followed by a town hall in Grants Pass on May 28.

Both events are free and open to the public. Due to the limited capacity and expected demand for seats, advance tickets will be required for admission. Tickets are available on the InvestigateWest website.

The Portland symposium will be held at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center on May 27. The event will be live-streamed (starting at 9:45 a.m.), and videos will be available for viewing online afterward.

Leading experts will discuss innovative ideas and policy proposals for managing one of the state’s most cherished resources. Featured panel discussions include:

The Missing Middle: Towards a Model of Sustainable Forestry for Oregon’s Private and Public Forestlands
Panelists: Brent Davies, director of forestry at Ecotrust; Peter Hayes, owner of Hyla Woods and former Oregon Board of Forestry member; and George McKinley, executive director of the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative.

Lessons From John Day: The Pay-off and Promise of Collaborative Restoration Projects
Panelists: Susan Jane Brown, attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center; Bruce Daucsavage, president of Ochoco Lumber Company; and Patrick Shannon, forest program director for Sustainable Northwest.

Forests on Fire: The Rising Costs of Action (and Inaction) Against Wildfire
Panelists: Timothy Ingalsbee, executive director of Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology; Cassandra Moseley, director of the Ecosystem Workforce Program at the University of Oregon; and Craig Letz, an independent fire management consultant.

The town hall in Grants Pass, on May 28, will take place at The Wild River Pub and will explore the dual needs of forest restoration and economic recovery in southern Oregon. This event will pull together local expertise and knowledge to highlight innovative solutions to the region’s economic, ecological, and public safety challenges.

About InvestigateWest
InvestigateWest is an award-winning nonprofit investigative newsroom that invests in original reporting and collaborates with a network of partners to engage the public on consequential civic and policy issues facing the Pacific Northwest. InvestigateWest events are supported through contributions from members. Major funding is provided by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and Meyer Memorial Trust. For more information, visit www.invw.org.

About the UO School of Journalism and Communication
The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is one of the first professional journalism schools in the country and is an international leader in scholarship and education in advertising, journalism, media studies and public relations. With a student enrollment of 2,200, the SOJC offers doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate degree programs that challenge students to become productive scholars, ethical communicators, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens in a global society.