Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Speaking Up for Our Rural Communities

Supporting Oregon’s farmers and ranchers
Too often, burdensome red tape stands in the way of getting back to growing good jobs in Oregon’s rural communities. That’s why I’ve strongly supported efforts in the House to push back against unnecessary federal overreach, such as voting to stop the EPA from potentially regulating everything from stock ponds to irrigation ditches under the new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. And after hearing the strong local opposition to the proposed Owyhee Canyonlands national monument, I worked hard to pass legislation to prohibit the President from unilaterally locking up 2.5 million acres of land in Malheur County. I will continue to fight for commonsense solutions to improve the lives of rural Oregonians.

Ensuring multiple use for our public lands
Many of our families, including my own, have enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities on our public lands for generations, and I want that tradition to continue for generations to come. But in Oregon and across the West, it seems that access is continually being restricted as federal land managers propose to close roads and otherwise limit use. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation in Congress to put local communities back in the driver’s seat of federal land management decisions. Local communities are most affected by the decision on the public lands that surround them, their input should be at the forefront of the decision making process.

Preventing a sage grouse listing
Across the Northwest, we’ve seen the negative impacts to forested communities caused by placing the spotted owl on the Endangered Species List. A listing of the sage grouse threatens to do the same to eastern Oregon and across the West, where grazing, mining, and outdoor recreation play an integral role in local economies. Ranchers need more certainty than a promise from a federal agency that the sage grouse won’t be listed, and so I’ve long supported legislation to prevent a listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and empower states to manage the species more locally. 

More on Speaking Up for Our Rural Communities

July 14, 2016 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation to provide annual funding for the Department of the Interior, and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) highlighted how the plan will help reduce federal overreach in rural communities across the West: