GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A United States senator representing Oregon is making his way through Southern Oregon and will be stopping in Jackson County for a town hall meeting.
Senator Merkely held a town hall meeting in Grants Pass on Monday morning, and held another town hall in Brookings in the afternoon. In Josephine County, the senator says a key issues was getting people back to work and getting mills up and running.
Senator Merkley said one of the most important issues in Southern Oregon is finding a sustainable solution for lumber production from Oregon forests. The senator commented on millions of acres of secondary growth which he says threaten the health of trees, creates a fire hazard, and could be used as a steady supply of lumber for logs for mills.
On Tuesday, Senator Merkely will hold two more town hall meetings one in Lakeview in the morning and one in Klamath Falls in the afternoon.
Monday night’s meeting will end with a special gift from local students. Senator Merkley will be presented with letters from students thanking him and others for protecting the Lower and Upper Table Rocks. Earlier this school year, first and second graders took a field trip to the Rogue Valley landmarks.
“We learn about local flora and fauna and the wildlife up there. They also get some history, cultural, and geographical history of the land formation and the Native Americans and how they had survived in the area,” said 1st grade teacher Heather Lowe.
Dozens of letters will be presented by a student representing the classes, who will then get the chance to ask Senator Merkely a question.