Graphic: Washington State vs. Federal Timberland

This graph from the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee reveals the lack of balance between management on federal and Washington State forest lands.

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Rural communities deserve a federal solution assuring jobs, stable revenues

Commissioner Chris Brong explains why federal government should allow forest-dependent Skamania County a freer hand in the use of its resources:

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Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Comments on Wyden O&C Proposal

Here's our take on an initial proposal from Sen. Ron Wyden on management of federal "O&C" lands:

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Opinion: Lack of Timber has Always Been the Issue

Here's Jennifer Phillippi's response to a radical activist who recently attacked her family over the recent closure of their Rough & Ready sawmill, the last in Josephine County. This piece originally appeared in the Grants Pass Daily Courier:

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Sen. Jeff Merkley Signals Support for Federal Forest Management Solution

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) wrote a letter a Oregon County Commissioners this week expressing his support for a comprehensive solution that would help create jobs in federal forests.  As the son of a mill wright, Sen. Merkley said he understands how mill closures affect families in rural communities. In addressing issues relating to federal "O&C" lands, Merkley wrote:

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Forest Management Key to Preventing Catastrophic Wildfires, Combatting Rural Poverty

In a letter to federal land managers, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden urges the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service to recognize forest management as a solution for preventing catastrophic wildfires and combatting rural poverty. Here's an excerpt of the letter:

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Commissioner Simon Hare on Forest Management and Rural Communities

Watch County Commissioner Simon Hare discuss how active forest management can help restore more economic opportunity for rural communities.

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Graphic: Who Owns Oregon's Forests?

Compare land ownership and current harvest activity in Oregon. The federal government manages the majority of forestland in the state, yet three-quarters of timber harvest come from private forestland.

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New Grassroots Organization Supports Federal Forest Reform

Rural county commissioners today announced the launch of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, a new grassroots organization supporting congressional action on a permanent and comprehensive solution to restore the health of rural communities and surrounding federal forest lands.  The organization was formed to educate citizens on current federal policies and how they negatively impact rural communities, their local governments and the health of the forests.

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Federal Forest Reform Will Help Fight Rural Poverty

In Washington D.C. the growing debate over reforming federal forest policies is focused on improving forest health and providing a short-term extension of timber payments to county governments.  These issues are important, but the primary goal of any federal forest legislation should be to promote forest management as a means to increasing employment and fighting poverty in our distressed, timber-dependent rural communities. 

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