When Governor-Select Kate Brown is sworn in Wednesday to succeed deposed Governor John Kitzhaber, the next step in the drama in Salem will be to see just how “Democratic” Brown will be in office. She’s going to be given an opportunity to show how she stands on the state’s somewhat controversial forestry practices, especially on private timber lands. NOAA and the EPA recently slammed the Kitzhaber administration for continually violating water quality commitments the state made to give Oregon’s coastal rivers and streams a break from heavy clear cutting and erosive run off into salmon bearing waterways. Millions of dollars in federal grants are hanging fire as the EPA especially wants Oregon to do more to protect forest lands from excessive erosion caused by heavy clear cutting on private lands. EPA also chided the state for what’s described as lax regulations on herbicide and pesticide spraying and cutting timber too close to domestic and municipal water sources.
These and other questions about Oregon’s general environmental but also labor and education issues will be closely monitored as Brown takes the reins on Wednesday.
Here’s more from Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian. Click here.