A trial is underway in Linn County to determine whether 14 western Oregon counties have been short-changed at least a half-billion dollars from timber harvest receipts. The counties complain that the state has been lax in timber cutting on state lands which means less available revenue to help support those counties. The lawsuit against the state, which Lincoln County is a party, demands $1.8 billion to make up for the lack of timber cutting on state lands within their individual county boundaries. In short, the counties feel robbed of timber money they should have received because the state was not cutting timber in their counties fast enough to raise the money to adequately meet the needs of their local citizens.
In short, the counties want their lands cut at or about the same rate as corporate timber operations. Not necessarily a pretty picture. Do trees have a purpose other than being treated like rows of corn? Here’s the story from Oregon Public Broadcasting. Click here.
And another relevant article appearing in The Astorian newspaper: Click here.
And another article in The Oregonian acknowledging that 80 year old timber harvest laws are obsolete and environmentally and fiscally destructive. Click here.