Governor Kitzhaber's O&C Lands Panel
O&C Lands Panel
Statement from Senator Merkley:
"I want to thank Governor Kitzhaber and his leadership in bringing together diverse interests to find common ground for the management of Oregon's unique O&C lands.
I look forward to working with Senator Wyden and the rest of the Oregon congressional delegation to use these ideas to help craft a way forward to provide economic stability for the O&C counties, create a sustainable timber economy that puts people to work in the woods, and restore the health of our forests for future generations."
Statement from Senator Wyden:
"Oregonians expect a resolution of the issues created by the unique history of the O&C lands. A successful solution will balance economic, recreation and environmental interests, treat federal taxpayers, counties and private landholders fairly, and lay the foundations for growth in Oregon's O&C counties. Governor Kitzhaber deserves credit for bringing stakeholders together and Senator Wyden, as chair of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over federal forest lands, will take a close look at the Governor's report, especially the modeling and data it pulls together. To the extent the report helps in the crafting of legislation that can successfully move through the current House and Senate, as outlined in the principles Senator Wyden released last year, the Governor's efforts have helped move the ball forward."
Statement from Congressman Defazio:
"I want to thank the Governor and the panelists for their hard work -- it is useful, timely, and substantive. After looking over the materials, I'm optimistic. The report confirms that there are shared goals and there is common ground among Oregon counties, environmentalists, and the timber industry. I truly believe a long-term solution is out there. And my bipartisan work with Rep. Kurt Schrader and Rep. Greg Walden -- with some additions from the Governor's panel -- can help get us there."
Growth Management Program
GNRO is working with DLCD, cities, counties, and other interests to streamline Oregon's growth management program. Oregon has been successful in growing in ways that use urban land more efficiently, but there is a broad sense that the urban land use program needs to be less complex and more accessible to citizens who want to participate in decision-making. The following documents describe the initial concepts being developed in this area, and summarize census data from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California that show that Oregon is doing a good job of managing growth relative to its neighbors. For more information on this project, contact Richard Whitman at 503-378-6145.
Working with the Oregon offices of the Bureau of Land Management and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the GNRO is working to develop an "all lands" plan for eastern and central Oregon that addresses all of the relevant factors for the decline identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its decision that a listing of sage grouse under the federal Endangered Species Act is "warranted but precluded." The state is working with private and local partners in this effort, which is being managed through Oregon Consensus. For more information on this project, contact Brett Brownscombe at (503) 373-1680.
Environmental Justice Task Force Gives Voice to All Oregonians
The Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) was created by Senate Bill 420, which calls for environmental justice in Oregon by ensuring that all persons affected by decisions of natural resource agencies have a voice in those decisions. The EJTF advises the Governor and natural resource agencies on environmental justice issues in Oregon. Your voice for environmental justice in Oregon! Find it here...