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 »

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 »

Wyden Suggest Land Transfer to Tribes

COOS BAY, Ore. — The control of 30,000 acres of federal timber lands could return to two Indian tribes. The area in Southern Oregon is part of the O&C lands. The Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians says the transfer of control would right an old wrong. The tribes … Continue reading »