Wild Olympics: Focus on Creating Jobs Before Locking Away More Federal Lands

Washington Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Derek Kilmer have reintroduced the "Wild Olympics" wilderness legislation for the Olympic Peninsula. Please take a moment to read this message, contact your federal officials, and urge your friends, family and neighbors to do the same!

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"Let's pass the bill and find out"

"Let's pass the bill and find out."

That's what Sen. Ron Wyden's spokesman said when Oregonians started asking questions whether his O&C forest bill would provide true economic certainty to Western Oregon's rural, forested communities.

Didn't we hear the same response before Congress passed the health care bill?

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Wyden O&C Bill: Is It Enough to Reverse Economic Decline in Rural Western Oregon?

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has released his long-awaited bill to reform management of Western Oregon's O&C timber lands.  Despite his pledge to "double" timber harvests, there are growing concerns whether it actually fixes the problems that have contributed to high unemployment and poverty in rural communities. 

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In Post-Fire Recovery Efforts, Oregon Urges BLM to Address Hazards on Federal Lands

With post-fire salvage and restoration efforts underway on Southwest Oregon private forests burned in the Douglas Complex fire, the State of Oregon is warning the Bureau of Land Management about hazards posed to forest workers from nearby federal lands.  A recent action by officials with the State of Oregon again highlights growing concerns over the lack of active management of BLM's O&C lands, the continued uncertainty over restoring federal forest lands in the region, and the need for a congressional solution.

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Americans Urge Senate Action on Forest Management Solutions

Over 100 forestry, outdoor, education and county associations recently urged Senate leaders to take action on forest management legislation for the benefit of forest health and rural communities. In a letter, the groups write that solutions are needed in light of poor forest conditions and the resulting record-setting forest fires:

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State Foresters Support Federal Forest Reforms

The National Association of State Foresters recently adopted a resolution supporting reforms to federal forest policies: 

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An O&C Solution is Critical for Rural Oregon

A recent Oregonian article on the plight of rural Oregon provides yet another call for our Congressional delegation to move quickly on a real plan to restore the health of our rural communities and federal forests through legislation that assures active, sustained yield timber management.  

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Progress for Rural Communities, Forest Health with House Passage of 'Healthy Forests,' 'O&C' Legislation

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities had the following to say regarding House passage of H.R. 1526, legislation to improve federal forest management to promote forest health and rural job creation:

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Educators Make Strong Case for Forest Management Legislation

The National Education Association, representing three million educators across America, urged U.S. House members to approve the "Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act" to restore economic opportunities and education funding in rural communities. Here's what they had to say:

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Bill Wickman: House bill would speed forest work, curb fires

As California continues to lose our valuable ecosystems to ever-increasing wildfires, there is hope that more ecosystem restoration can occur on our public forests through proposed language in the House version of the Farm Bill and HR 1526.

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