An Urgent Plea from the West's Most "Environmentally Protected" County

Skamania County Commissioners this week issued a compelling plea to their Congressional delegation for a forest management solution that helps create jobs and sustain essential services. As the "most environmentally protected county in the West," Skamania lacks economic opportunities while their total budget has been reduced by 50 percent.

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Poverty in Washington State's Timber Country

In the heart of Washington State's timber country, enrollment in the Free and Reduced Meal Program runs as high as 70 percent.

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Graphic: Who Owns the West?

This nifty graphic illustrates federal land as a percentage of total state land area.

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O&C Counties: Another Casualty of Federal Forest Management

The Association of O&C Counties sent a letter this week to U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) about the recent closure of Josephine County's last sawmill and the failure of federal forest policy to protect rural communities.

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Josi: Timber Solution Needs Passing

From the Salem Statesman Journal: Tillamook County Commissioner Tim Josi says active forest management is a key solution for alleviating rural poverty and helping local governments fund essential services:

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Expanding Management is Good for Forests’ Health

Read professional forester Troy Reinhart's recent opinion piece in the Bend Bulletin about forest management.

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Western Governors: private sector should be utilized to improve federal forest management

The Western Governors’ Association delivered a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack last week requesting increased attention on environmentally stressed national forest land and inclusion of the private sector in efforts to reduce epidemics such as pine beetle infestations and wildfires. The letter:

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Sustainability and Idaho Forests

On this Arbor Day, learn how Idaho forests can be managed to meet social, environmental and economic needs. From the Idaho Forest Products Commission.

 

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Healthy Forests, Healthy Economy Can Coexist

by Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare in 4/25/13 Grants Pass Daily Courier

With the devastating news that Cave Junction's Rough & Ready Lumber Co. is closing after more than 90 years in business, I am more adamant than ever that federal forest policy is broken and our federal government has failed the good people of Josephine County. Change must happen to ensure the future viability of Oregon's timber-rich rural communities.

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Balanced solution needed for timber’s future

By David Montgomery from http://registerguard.com

In recent guest viewpoint columns, environmental extremists have argued that the only solution for our struggling timber counties is to raise taxes on rural Oregonians. They don’t hide their real agenda, which is to shut down our federal forests to any sustainable management, regardless of how harmful it would be to our forests and no matter how painful it would be to rural working families.

It’s this kind of extremism that has scuttled any compromise or solution to the grave crisis facing our communities.

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