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.Read more
In the heart of Washington State's timber country, enrollment in the Free and Reduced Meal Program runs as high as 70 percent.Read more
This nifty graphic illustrates federal land as a percentage of total state land area.Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
Read professional forester Troy Reinhart's recent opinion piece in the Bend Bulletin about forest management.Read more
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:Read more
On this Arbor Day, learn how Idaho forests can be managed to meet social, environmental and economic needs. From the Idaho Forest Products Commission.
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.Read more
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.Read more