Extremely dry conditions at the beginning of the 2015 matsutake harvest season meant that harvesters could not burn fires to stay warm at night as temperatures dropped into the 20s and 30s. NFWC's Program Coordinator, Virginia Camberos, reflects on this hardship during her first visit to mushroom camp in Chemult, Oregon.
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Forest workers and NFWC executive director testify at meeting of the Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force

Forest workers told members of Oregonís Environmental Justice Task Force about working conditions and the lack of safety training on the job at a meeting in the Medford Public Library on September 25, 2015. The Task Force meeting included a panel discussion in which NFWCís Executive Director, Carl Wilmsen, delivered remarks. Read more >>
Northwest Forest Worker Center members speak at listening session on racial profiling

Two harvesters of wild mushrooms, along with other members of the public, told Oregon's Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, about their experiences being racially profiled by the police at a special listening session of Oregon's Work Group on the Prevention of Profiling by Law Enforcement in Medford in November. NFWC's Virginia Camberos co-authored, with Kay Brooks, a guest editorial in the Mail Tribune about racial profiling and the listening session.

The Work Group released its report to the state legislature on December 2, 2015. The report urges police departments to train their officers and to track citizen complaints.

Buzzfeed article on H-2B workers cites NFWC report

A recent article in Buzzfeed cites the report NFWC published, along with the Labor Occupational Health Program at UC Berkeley, on our survey of working conditions in the forestry services industry in southern Oregon. Buzzfeed's investigative team found rampant abuse of workers in the H-2B program and likened the program to slavery.

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