Landowners Seek Cash for Saving Trees

23 December 2013

For most of Oregon’s history, the forests like the ones near Paul Nys’ house were places where a landowner could get wealthy. Cultivated from seed, rows of trees were grown to a healthy middle age and then chopped down, buzzed into lumber at sawmills and shipped out.

Over the years, the retired schoolteacher has had many offers to buy his property, like many other landowners in the state’s timber region, from both timber companies and developers. And each time, he would say no thanks.

Now 74, Nys and his wife have an unusual offer: Instead of getting money so someone could chop his trees down, he might get paid to leave them up. It’s part of a program to preserve the forest land so that the trees can help absorb greenhouse gases.

Read more from Poughkeepsie Journal here.