Reps. Greg Walden, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader release draft of bipartisan O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act2/16/12
O&C TRUST, CONSERVATION, AND JOBS ACT
Creates Jobs. Stabilizes Rural Communities. Protects Oregon Treasures.
Creates Jobs for Oregonians and Revitalizes Local Economies
- Creates thousands of new jobs in Oregon’s rural communities, according to the Oregon Forests Resources Institute.
- Continues the prohibition on exporting unprocessed logs from Federal lands. In order to preserve and expand Oregon’s manufacturing base, imposes penalties on businesses that violate the law and send family-wage jobs overseas.
- Allows for permanent timber production primarily on lands that have been previously harvested, ensuring a sustainable level of timber and forest products from federal lands to maintain and create jobs in the local timber industry. It would create a 1.479 million acre O&C Trust, consisting of previously managed timber stands to be sustainably managed to meet the federal government’s obligation to the 18 O&C Counties and create jobs in our federally forested communities.
- Geographically disperses timber production on the O&C Trust lands and mandates long and short timber rotation ages to meet the needs and capabilities of mills throughout western Oregon.
Brings Financial Stability to Rural Oregon Counties
- Provides forested counties in western Oregon with a sustainable and more predictable level of revenues in perpetuity to support essential county services like law enforcement, healthcare, schools, and transportation.
- Reduce counties’ dependence on uncertain federal support payments in favor of a long-term solution that allows them to return to the tradition of self-reliance that embodies the best traditions of our state.
Protects Oregon Treasures
- Maintains federal ownership of the land and details strict management guidelines for Trust lands to ensure sustained yield and to protect clean water and terrestrial and aquatic values.
- Proposes major wilderness and wild and scenic designations to protect some of Oregon’s most incredible natural treasures, like the iconic Rogue River.
- Provides protections for old growth forests and transfers mature and old growth forests from the Bureau of Land Management to the United States Forest Service.