Governor Receives Letter on Timber Money

SALEM, Ore. — At a time when more than a billion dollars has already been spent fighting wildfires this summer, fire prevention efforts are being cut. A letter outlining timber payment reductions hit the Governor’s desk this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Thomas Tidwell sent Governor Kitzhaber a letter explaining the sequestration will … Continue reading »

Counties Asked to Pay Back Timber Money

SALEM, Ore. — Local counties are being asked to pay back federally funded timber payments and lawmakers are speaking out. In a letter sent to Governor John Kitzhaber, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Oregon must pay back $3.6 million that had been paid to Oregon through the Secure Rural Schools Act. In the letter, … Continue reading »