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ASTORIA – We live in a state with abundant forests, and yet we don’t all see the same thing when we look into the woods. Oregon is known for both its timber industry and its deep environmental values. What are the beliefs we have about our forests and what will we, as a state, do to steward, manage and protect this resource?

This is the focus of “Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Stewarding Our Public Lands,” a free conversation with Mariah Action at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Astoria Library, 450 10th St.

Mariah Acton is a recent graduate whose master’s work focused at the intersection of conflict resolution, nonprofit management and public administration. She currently works in Salem as a strategic business analyst at Oregon Housing and Community Services.

Through this lecture series, “Conversation Project,” Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact

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