Oregonians share a special connection to the outdoors, and preserving its beauty and bounty for future generations is a top priority for Governor Brown.
Building on Oregon’s long tradition of environmental stewardship, Governor Brown is focused on policies that lead the nation in the fight against climate change and preserve Oregon’s natural environment while supporting economic growth. With a healthy environment and healthy economy, Oregon thrives.
Governor Brown is committed to tackling the climate crisis through an equity-based lens. Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Tribal, and communities of color are more likely to disproportionately bear the impacts of environmental degradation and climate related disasters, which is why Governor Brown is committed to enacting natural resources policies that center environmental justice.
From wildfires, ice storms, flooding, and deadly heat domes, Oregon is already feeling the impacts of climate change. While the world is at a crossroads on how to address the impacts of a climate in crisis, Oregon continues to be an example for other states and nations. Governor Brown is focused on meaningfully reducing Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions, while creating good jobs and building a clean energy economy.
Oregon is home to approximately 30 million acres of forestland. Since Governor Brown took office, Oregon has experienced historic fire seasons, with unprecedented damage to homes, livelihoods, and Oregon’s natural environment. The year-round wildfire threat combined with fires, which are faster, fiercer, and fueled by the impacts of climate change, has made it clear that Oregon’s wildfire response system needed modernization. Governor Brown initiated the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response in 2019 to guide this effort. The Legislature implemented the Governor’s Council recommendation through the passage of Senate Bill 762. This comprehensive legislation modernizes Oregon’s wildfire readiness consistent with the National Cohesive Strategy, which includes adequately funded fire response and readiness, fire-adapted communities, and resilient landscapes.
Following the devastating 2020 fire season, Governor Brown signed House Bill 5006, which allocated over $480 million to fund wildfire recovery and prevention efforts to support communities impacted by the September 2020 wildfires and protect against future fires. These investments will support recovery and rebuilding efforts related to water infrastructure, housing support, fire, and public safety infrastructure, hazardous waste and debris removal, and more. House Bill 5006 also included a special purpose appropriation of $150 million for the state’s natural disaster prevention, preparedness, and response and recovery activities.
The climate crisis continues to exacerbate drought conditions in Oregon. To address changes in climate and population, Governor Brown is working to ensure clean and abundant water for Oregon’s people, economy, and environment by investing in Oregon’s 100-Year Water Future. Governor Brown is committed to investing in natural and built infrastructure to meet current water challenges, and to adapting systems to meet the needs of Oregonians for generations to come. Governor Brown seeks to balance interests across all of Oregon’s water goals, and recognizes that Oregon’s water future is best implemented when working in partnership with local, state, federal, and tribal governments, private and non-profit sectors, community stakeholders, and the public. While continuing to invest in built and natural water infrastructure, Governor Brown is working to create a sustainable water future for Oregon.