Timber Payments Continue to Dwindle

MEDFORD, Ore. – Another year, another round of timber payments. For years the pie has been getting bigger, but Southern Oregon’s slice has been getting smaller. “Right now we have… maybe 700 counties that are now included in the pot for what used to be the 18 original O&C counties,” said Southern Oregon Timber Industry … Continue reading »

Local Group Against Forest Proposal

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 … Continue reading »

New Timber Bill Proposed

GLENDALE, Ore. — A new bill is being proposed to increase timber harvest for struggling O&C counties. Tuesday morning, Senator Ron Wyden proposed his answer for timber reform. There are about 1.2 billion board feet of timber in western Oregon’s O&C lands. Right now about 200 million of that is actually able to be sold … Continue reading »

Multi-County Meeting in Medford

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, … Continue reading »

Hearing on O&C Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the national capitol, Oregon’s representatives are not letting Congress off the hook when it comes to lost timber payments. On Thursday, Representatives Peter Defazio and Greg Walden announced that the House natural resources committee will conduct a hearing on a long-term bipartisan solution for the O&C lands on April 11. The … Continue reading »