Timber dependent counties dodge the bullet. House passes timber aid bill – likely to pass in Senate too.
With no small amount of political finesse by Republican powerhouse Greg Walden of Eastern Oregon, the U.S. House has passed a timber aid bill that will bail out logging dependent counties in Oregon – at least for the next two years. But after that, the counties’ fate might be right back into the fire. Sen. Ron Wyden said an accelerated timber cut rate is environmentally unsustainable. But for now, he says he’s hopeful the Senate will also approve the bill and that the President will sign it.
Then it’s back to work trying to come up with a sustainable funding program for those cash strapped Oregon counties. Wyden said they won’t be able to cut their way out of such a big problem with limited timber yields.
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