O & C Trust Act Clears Committee
The long-term, O&C lands proposal that U.S. Rep. Greg Walden developed with colleagues Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee. The next step in the process is consideration and approval in the full U.S. House.
Last February, Walden, DeFazio, and Schrader offered a realistic, bipartisan legislative proposal to help solve the O&C problems. Their proposal would create jobs, provide revenues to failing Oregon counties, help sustain the local manufacturing base, save the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars, and protect water, fish, and old growth.
Specifically, the O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act turns over management responsibility for roughly half of the O&C lands to be guided by Oregon forest law and a committee of Oregonians representing a variety of backgrounds.
The other half of the O&C lands, including old growth forests, would be preserved, with select thinning or other work needed to keep forests health.