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To Lincoln County Commissioners:
As a resident of Lincoln County who is deeply concerned with our public lands and in particular the scandal-ridden history of the Oregon & California Railroad lands, I urge you to not repeat the sleazy history of those lands through continued involvement in the Association of O&C Counties (AOCC), a blatantly anti-public lands organization! Lincoln County must immediately withdraw from this unsavory, profit-driven association.
The AOCC has lobbied in favor of legislation that would gut our environmental laws, and have praised President Trump for his efforts to gut the Endangered Species Act. This Act is almost fifty years old and is one of our country’s most important environmental laws. But the Trump administration is planning to gut the law to accommodate timber, mining, and other environmentally destructive interests.
Trump’s proposed changes would strip protections for imperiled plant and animal species by allowing government agencies to consider the economic impacts of protections instead of only considering what the science says. The Association of O&C Counties has not only expressed support for these proposed changes, they’ve also argued that the proposed changes don’t go far enough.
In addition to supporting these damaging changes to our environmental rules, the Association has also sponsored legislation and pursued lawsuits that would strip protections for Wilderness areas, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. These priorities clearly do not align with the values of Lincoln County residents. I therefore urge you to withdraw our county from the AOCC altogether.
Carol Van Strum
Five Rivers, Oregon 97390
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