MEDFORD, Ore. — Cash-strapped counties in Southern Oregon could see some relief if lawmakers in Washington pass a new bill affecting timber production.
District attorneys, sheriffs and commissioners from Lane, Douglas, Curry, Josephine and Jackson Counties are throwing their support behind the resolution. It would set aside additional acres of wilderness of the O&C lands, while designating more than a million acres for timber production.
The proposal would also set more than a million acres aside as old growth reserve for O&C and allow for expedited salvage of timber from forest fires. Each county shared their specific budget issues at a special meeting on Thursday.
“We have real gang problems in most of Oregon’s large metro areas, we have a real need for legitimate properly funded, adequately staff, and law enforcement,” said Alex Gardner, the Lane County District Attorney.
The proposed resolution is moving through the House before it heads to the Senate.