Court’s Ruling in O&C Case a Victory for Oregon’s Rural Communities

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. yesterday handed down a key victory for Southwest Oregon communities that are entitled to sustained yield timber harvests from Oregon and California Railroad Grant Lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  While this decision is focused on the O&C lands in Southwest Oregon, it has positive implications for communities throughout Western Oregon.

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Healthy Forests Equal Healthy Communities

The La Grande Observer recently published the following commentary by BoiseCascade's Lindsay Warness and Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities' Nick Smith:

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Action Alert: Put Rural Communities First

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, is scheduled to vote Tuesday, June 18 to approve legislation (S. 353) sponsored by Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley to designate new Wilderness areas and other land set-asides in Oregon.  The proposal includes the "Wild Rogue" Wilderness designation for 50,000 acres of BLM lands in Southwest Oregon.

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Financial Instability is Putting Children at risk in Douglas County

Evelyn Badger-Nores is the executive director at Douglas C.A.R.E.S., a child abuse response and evaluation service provider based in Roseburg (The views in this column are hers alone.). In this column, Ms. Badger-Nores says a lack of jobs and economic opportunities has led to an increase in child abuse and neglect in her local rural communities: 

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Video: How Did We Get to This Point?

The Oregon Legislature is considering measures that would allow state government to take over certain county services- and even impose an income tax- in some timber-dependent communities. The Governor warned he might even send in the National Guard to police these areas.  How the heck did we get to this point?  In this video, State Rep. Bruce Hanna reminds Salem these problems were caused by "the blatant disregard for one of Oregon's most fundamental, robust and sustainable resources: forestland."

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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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