Timber Payment Cuts Affect Fire Fights

ASHLAND, Ore. — As those cuts to timber payments get deeper, forest ecologists say it could lead to more severe wildfires in the future. When you do a really good job putting out a fire, you can actually leave behind a forest that’s more susceptible to fire in the future. So then, you have to … Continue reading »

Oregon Gets Timber Dollar Boost

MEDFORD, Ore. — Beginning next week, another $2 million in federal timber payments will be paid out to Oregon counties In February, the Bureau of Land Management reduced the secure rural schools funding paid to 18 Oregon counties by 10% in anticipation of automatic spending cuts, called sequestration. However, the Sequester was only a 5.1% … Continue reading »

Timber Counties Troubles Continue

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Rural counties in Southern Oregon and Northern California are being told to pay back millions of dollars in federal timber payments. In a statement, both Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkely say rural communities should not have to pay the price for poor sequester cuts by Washington politicians. While that issue … Continue reading »