Taking matters into their own hands, residents from the Applegate Valley are urging Senator Ron Wyden to protect their way of life.
They've collected more than 150-signatures asking the senator to protect their forest.
"We were talking to representatives of Senator Wyden about the future of life in the Applegate really, how we want to live, how we want to participate," explained Chris Bratt who has been living in the Applegate Valley for almost 40 years.
He and others have come to love the Applegate Valley.
"The trees are just magnificent, the water, the sky, everything," he continued.
"It's amazing. Don't tell a whole lot of people," laughed Nabha Goldfeder, an Applegate resident and petitioner.
"It's very peaceful, except when they start cutting trees all the time," Bratt said.
Concern for a place Bratt calls paradise, brought a group of petitioners with more than 150 signatures, to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's Medford office on Thursday morning.
"Some of the bills in Congress right now are meant to divide the lands up," said Bratt.
According to Bratt, he's opposed to the plan that's been pushed by U.S. Representatives Peter Defazio and Greg Walden where roughly half of Oregon's 2.4 million acres of federal timber land would be logged, then handed over for the state to run. Bratt said the state has weaker environmental standards as compared to federal guidelines.
"We definitely don't like the clear cutting, we definitely don't like the herbicide use that goes along with the state forest practices act [...] other items like clean water, clean air might be taken away," Bratt said.
Among other requests, petitioners said counties need to find other ways to pay for services.
"To try to get it out of squeezing out of the forest, enough money to fund counties, that's not going to happen. There's not that many trees," said Bratt.
"I think the impact of a project that was specifically to make money to support our county services would be detrimental to clean water, to the peace that we have, it would impact animal migration, it would destroy a lot of habitat for endangered species," Goldfeder added.
In the end, residents say they're not completely against logging.
"I think there's general support for logging, you know, doing it right," Bratt said as he went on to emphasize sustainable practices.
"I think we need to take time between forestry projects to see what our mistakes are and what we've done really well," said Goldfeder.
In fact, Goldfeder said there should potentially be more work done in the forest.
"We have been mismanaging our forests for so long that we actually need to be in the forests, potentially putting money back into the forests to be helping create a healthier forest to create a diverse ecosystem," she added.
They say they want to be involved in the process and give their input. They're for any policies that will protect their paradise and create long terms solutions for people and the environment.
Text of "Applegate Community Public Lands Vision" Petition
Applegate Community Public Lands Vision