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 »

Wildfire Timber Salvage Discussed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Now that the fires are out in the Douglas Complex and other big fires that roared through the area this summer, state and local officials are wondering if and when salvage operations will begin on federal lands. As NewsWatch12 reported last week, private timber holders are already busy clearing what they can, … Continue reading »

Timber Companies Sue BLM, Forest Service

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Three timber companies are banding together and suing the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management for restricting their timber harvesting during the government shutdown. The timber companies are arguing that the government has no authority under timber sale contracts to force loggers to stop working. The lawsuit seeks … Continue reading »

U.S. House Passes “Healthy Forests” Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, a breakthrough has come on a bill to provide funding for Oregon’s O&C counties. The U.S. House passed the bi-partisan “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act”, but Representative Greg Walden says the White House has threatened to veto it. “The President and his team clearly have no idea-none-about what’s … Continue reading »

New Timber Payments Bill Discusssed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Southern Oregon counties are struggling without federal timber payments and the future those payments is being discussed in Washington D.C. They are part of the major forestry House bill called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act”. Congressman Greg Walden says it contains the O&C trust, conservation and jobs plan offered by … Continue reading »

States Lose Millions in Sequestration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal sequester means millions of dollars will not be heading to Oregon, but the state won’t have to write a check on top of that. The U.S. Forest Service wants the states to pay back a portion of their last payment under a federal subsidy for timber counties known as Secure … Continue reading »

Timber Panel Gives Options to Lawmakers

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The governor’s special panel to address county timber payments says it has come up with options to help counties, logging, and the environment. In October, Governor John Kitzhaber put together a special panel of county leaders, timber companies, and environmental groups to try to solve the issue of reduced O & … Continue reading »