So-called conservation groups hurting Oregon forests and jobs

by Bill J. Kluting, concerned Oregonian So-called conservation groups like Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity and other groups are following an agenda. You have to give them “credit” for what they have accomplished in the past and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Jobs, Timber | 7 Comments

Oregon’s timber industry won’t be “isolated” by Sen. Wyden’s rhetoric

AFRC / Associated Oregon Loggers / Douglas Timber Operators Groups representing Western Oregon’s timber industry today sent a letter to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, responding to recent comments he has made in relation to legislation he has introduced to dramatically alter … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:00 | Posted in Timber, U.S. Senate | 4 Comments

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

Time for western states to take back ownership of federal lands

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Natural systems endure an ever evolving cycle of growth and decline. The deterioration accumulates and dominates the landscape when we fail to put the growth to productive use. Too often, failure to manage and utilize the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Economy, Environment, Jobs, Natural Resources, Timber | 3,850 Comments

Oregon Dept of Forestry: Huge improvements protecting private forest lands

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Oregon Department of Forestry did an exceptional job of stopping the Bryant Fire in West Langell Valley last week. The wildfire consumed about 1,350 acres of privately owned timber and brush-covered land. The fire is … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:53 | Posted in Oregon Senate, State Government, Timber | 245 Comments

Timber Counties built their communities from trees

by Craig Pope, Polk County Commissioner Michael Cairn’s recent criticism of rural county governments in his Statesman Journal op-ed deserves a response.  Mr. Cairns lives in Polk County, where I serve as a County Commissioner charged with balancing the budget … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Natural Resources, Timber | 29 Comments

Market manipulation by US Green Building Council benefits a select few

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The US Green Building Council is a non-profit, non-government tax exempt organization that claims to promote sustainability in how buildings are designed, built and operated. The Council created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:22 | Posted in Natural Resources, Timber | 21 Comments

Why are spotted owls more important than other owls – and people?

by Dan Lucas When I wrote about the budget problems in Polk County several weeks ago, one of the major factors was the loss of O&C timber harvesting revenue. The Statesman Journal’s Anna Staver reported “federal protections for the spotted … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Environment, Green Energy, Jobs, Timber | 372 Comments

Budget crisis in Polk County

by Dan Lucas I have been somewhat horrified at the headlines about the budget problems in Polk County. Things have gotten so bad that Polk County now goes for 14 hours a day without sheriff’s patrol and the sheriff’s office … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Environment, Federal Government, PERS, Taxes, Timber | 674 Comments

Streamside forest buffers based on false assumptions, flawed science

by Senator Doug Whitsett Oregon was the first state to adopt a Forest Practices Act. The widely supported 1971 Act was intended to protect forest streams against potential negative timber harvest impacts. It required the maintenance of sufficient undisturbed forest … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Natural Resources, Oregon Senate, Timber | 49 Comments

Governor responds to Sen. Baertschiger advocacy for timber communities

Senator Herman Baertschiger Salem, OR -State Senator Herman Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) commended Governor John Kitzhaber (D) Thursday for his help in efforts to re-open the recently shuttered Rough and Ready Lumber Mill. “I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:04 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, Oregon Senate, Timber | 6 Comments

Appeasement Doesn’t Work: Wyden O&C Bill Analysis, Pt 2

by Margaret Goodwin In Part 1, The “Ecological Forestry” Mandate, we reviewed the scope and purpose of the O&C lands, and assessed how the Wyden bill would impact timber production and local economies. Reduction in Forest Roads on All O&C … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Natural Resources, Timber | 13 Comments

“Ecological Forestry” Mandate: Wyden O&C Bill Analysis, Pt 1

by Margaret Goodwin Three Important Facts about the O&C Lands When talking about the O&C lands, it’s important to understand three things. The first is that the O&C lands represent a very small fraction of the federal forest lands in … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:31 | Posted in Congress, Natural Resources, Timber | 7 Comments

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