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 »

PILT Payments to Increase

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Counties that rely on federal timber dollars have a few hundred thousand dollars more in the current budget. The 2013 timber dollar amounts were reduced because of the federal sequestration, but then, federal cuts were not as deep as expected. On Thursday, the Department of the Interior announced Jackson County 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 »