In the Aftermath of the Inauguration

President Donald J. Trump noted in his inaugural address: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished—but the people did not share in … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Abortion, Congress, Crony capitalism, Economy, Environment, Free Trade, Hillary Clinton, Natural Resources, Obamacare, President Donald Trump, President Obama | Leave a comment

Kate Brown’s Math Problem

By John A. Charles, Jr. For the past 18 months, the Oregon Land Board has been working to sell the Elliott State Forest. The decision to seek buyers was based on the fact that the Elliott is losing money, and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, State Government, State Treasurer | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Olympic Experimental Forest Plan completed – timber companies congratulate DNR

American Forest Resource Council Olympia, WA – During a ceremony held this week in Forks, Washington, the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) congratulated the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the completion of a land plan for the … Continue reading

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Trust Lands Should Be Auctioned to High Bidder to Benefit Schools

By John A. Charles, Jr. In his recent guest column in The Oregonian, Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands Jim Paul summarizes the history of the Elliott State Forest. He correctly notes that the Common School Trust lands within … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, Rural Oregon, State Government, State Treasurer, Transparency | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Western Oregon BLM plan fails to consider risks, needs of O&C forests

Society of American Foresters The Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Resource Management Plan would limit the ability of foresters to ensure the health, resiliency and accessibility across much of the 2.5 million acres of Western Oregon O&C forests, according to a … Continue reading

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Step in the right direction in preventing wildfires

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The season for northwest wildfires has arrived, with two major forest fires already occurring in Northwestern Washington. Catastrophic wildfires have become progressively more destructive, causing enormous damage to both public and private forest and range lands, … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:18 | Posted in Federal Government, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Timber | 4 Comments

Counties will sue BLM over new management plan

Association of O&C Counties The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its latest proposed management plan for 2.5 million acres of timberland in western Oregon. Tuesday, 17 Counties in western Oregon announced they would challenge the plan in federal … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | 16 Comments

Unhealthy Oregon forests, continued rural poverty ensured under BLM’s latest plan

American Forest Resource Council Portland, Ore– Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its final proposed Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for 2.5 million acres of forestland in Western Oregon, including over 2 million acres of unique “O&C” lands. These … Continue reading

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BLM’s proposed forest plan will fuel more frustration in rural Oregon

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Gov. Kate Brown Must Stand Up for Counties and Communities Advocates for rural Oregon say the Bureau of Land Management’s final proposed Resource Management Plan for Western Oregon will cost rural jobs, threaten public services and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:30 | Posted in Economy, Federal Government, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Rural Oregon, Timber | 3 Comments

Not One Dollar More

By John A. Charles, Jr. The State of Oregon will sell 84,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest by March 2017, in order to make money for public schools. However, the lands will not be auctioned to the highest bidder. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Sen. Knopp’s survey top priorities: Forest management and PERS reform

Press Release Bend, Ore. – Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) released the results of his 2016 session legislative survey for the constituents of Senate District 27. Constituents were asked to share their top priorities for the 2016 session, and two pieces … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:59 | Posted in Natural Resources, PERS, Public Employees Retirement System, Timber | 7 Comments

Alert: Oppose Oregon Wild’s Massive Ochoco Wilderness Plan

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Members of the Crook County Court are now considering Oregon Wild’s plan to lock up wide swaths of the Ochoco National Forest and Prineville BLM District. In addition to lobbying local officials, the group is also … Continue reading

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Our public lands must not go up in smoke

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The scope of the mismanagement of our more than 300 million acres of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) federal lands was once again made evident by the smoke-filled August skies. Our … Continue reading

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Greenspeak strategy: How the West will be lost?

by T.W. Scott For more than 50 years, there has been a growing campaign against the beneficial use of natural resources. The campaigners have several names: preservationists, conservationists, radical environmentalists, and greens. I will use “greens,” since it is rather … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:05 | Posted in Environment, Natural Resources, Timber | 60 Comments

Addressing the real threats to Northern Spotted Owl

American Forest Resource Council The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently announced it will consider changing the status of the Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) from “threatened” to “endangered” as owl populations continue to decline. The species’ listing in 1990 … Continue reading

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A glimpse inside the Orwellian world of Cylvia Hayes

by NW Spotlight A year ago Oregon’s First Lady Cylvia Hayes was a speaker at the 2014 Global Presencing Forum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The forum’s subtitle was “From Ego to Eco-System Economies: Creating Well-Being for All.”

Posted by at 10:30 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, Green Energy, Natural Resources | 264 Comments

Tide Goes Out on Ocean Energy

By Kathryn Hickok A new report released by Cascade Policy Institute concludes that the public-private partnership Oregon Wave Energy Trust has failed to achieve a return on public investment. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Environment, Government Waste, Green Energy, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , , | 302 Comments

Paintball Justice

The favorite past time of Oregon legislators is passing laws without consequences. They enjoy it so much that they keep passing and revising the same laws without consequences in serial fashion. They do this so that they can look earnest, … Continue reading

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Time to scrap the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Earlier this year, we sent out information about the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision (BMFP) for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. Barring a congressional solution promoting active management of federal lands, the updated forest … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:51 | Posted in Jobs, Natural Resources, Timber | 254 Comments

Lars Larson: Crisis growing in Oregon’s timber counties

by Lars Larson A crisis is growing in Oregon’s timber dependent counties along with the Douglas Firs. Law enforcement is falling apart in that half of the state where you don’t find a Starbucks on every corner. I talked with … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Gov. Kitzhaber, Natural Resources, Timber | 489 Comments

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