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Writing for The Oregonian, Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman, Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare and Polk County Commissioner Craig Pope recently weighed in on the future of the Secure Rural Schools program:
The recent article “Colorado lawmakers ask Congress to fix wildfire funding issue,” highlights the complex issue of wildfire funding, an issue that directly affects our local national forests.
Harvesting dead and dying trees after a fire can help recover the economic value of lost timber, while supporting the replanting of native tree species on the burned forest. Long-term research is finding that "salvage logging" isn't as damaging to understory vegetation as some fear.
Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities
We are a grassroots coalition created to support Congressional action on a comprehensive and permanent solution to restore the health of our rural communities and federal forest lands.
We support a lasting solution that assures active, sustainable forest management, stable revenue sharing for local governments, healthier forests, and more jobs in our rural, forested communities.
For far too long our elected officials in Washington, DC have avoided finding real solutions to the challenges facing our forests and local communities.
With your help, we can make a difference to restore the health of our rural communities and forests. Join our coalition, and urge Congress to pass a solution for our federal forests and rural communities today.
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