MEDFORD, Ore. — An Oregon senator’s plan to log on O&C lands is being met with controversy.
Senator Ron Wyden’s proposal to log on O&C lands has several goals: offer a permanent revenue source for counties, protect wildlife, old-growth, and create jobs. He’s included specific policies to protect old-growth and set-aside land to not allow for logging.
Organizers with Environment Oregon, however, do not agree with Wyden’s plan. Environment Oregon held a demonstration on Tuesday in Ashland. Organizers say Wyden’s proposal threatens wildlife, natural resources, the economy and the outdoor recreation industry.
“I wanted to make sure there was a good cross-section of timber company owners, environmentalists, scientists, folks that are advocating for hunting and recreation. We have areas of drinking water emphasis because we treasure our clean drinking water,” said Senator Wyden.
“There are a lot of great conservation benefits within Senator Wyden’s bill. But at the end of the day, the cost to our wildlife, to our water, far exceeds the benefits,” said conservation advocate Rikki Seguin.
The bill is headed to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the Senate.