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Sen. Wyden announces new timber harvesting bill to help cash-strapped SW Oregon Counties

Sen. Ron Wyden The long-awaited "breakthrough" all have been waiting for?

Sen. Ron Wyden
The long-awaited “breakthrough” all have been waiting for?

In a major announcement, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today outlined details to what may be a tough, scientifically based plan to create sustainable timber yields as well as sustainable revenues for cash-strapped southwest Oregon Counties.

The announcement strongly emphasizes that the plan for the state’s O&C timberlands, found in a number of counties, can be managed in a way that produces substantial amounts of timber while protecting and even enhancing forest environments along with fish and wildlife habitat.

This breaking story is found in the Oregonian. Click here

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Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after Senator Wyden announced new O&C lands legislation at the Oregon State Capitol:

“It is critical that we find a solution for our O&C lands that protects our most sensitive lands and drinking water, while providing a reliable and sustainable supply of wood for our mills and jobs for our forest communities. I applaud Senator Wyden for thoughtfully taking on this important issue and announcing legislation to advance these objectives. I look forward to working with him, the Governor, and the many stakeholders to finally put in place a long-term solution for the O&C lands.”

Governor John Kitzhaber Supports Wyden's Bill

Governor John Kitzhaber
Supports Wyden’s approach to the O&C challenge

“Thanks to Chairman Wyden for his strong leadership on one of the most intractable natural resources issues facing our state. I am pleased that the Senator’s bill incorporates and improves on the many concepts that Oregonians and I believe are required for long-term solutions to the O&C issue. I look forward to assisting the Chairman, Ranking Member DeFazio, and Congressmen Walden and Schrader in their efforts to pass legislation in 2014.”

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