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Greg Walden on latest timber payments efforts

September 30, 2008 --

By Congressman Greg Walden,

September 26, 2008 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Greg Walden’s (R-Ore.) latest attempts today to reinsert a four-year extension of the county timber payments program (approved 93-2 by the Senate earlier this week) was blocked by the Democratic leadership on the House floor. The leadership used a procedural motion to block Walden’s attempt to offer the Senate version of the energy tax legislation, which included the four-year extension.

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ABC Raises Awareness for National Farm Safety & Health Week

September 29, 2008 --

Oregon Food and Shelter, News

Portland, OR (September 3, 2008) –  The health and wellbeing of Oregon’s agricultural workers is a priority for agricultural employers throughout Oregon, which is why ABC is celebrating National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 21-27) with a culmination of activities throughout September.

With the help of a grant received through OR-OSHA, ABC’s Safety Committee has produced a bilingual safety video designed to promote a discussion between managers and employees about making safe decisions while working in potentially dangerous environments.

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New forest biomass facility saves school $76,000

September 26, 2008 --

New forest biomass facility will save school district $76,000 per year

[Oregon Department of Forestry] The Enterprise School District today cut the ribbon to formally launch a new forest biomass energy facility which seeks to save the District $ 76,000 per year in energy costs and use existing forest wood wastes in Wallowa County.The 1.5 million dollar project is the first biomass boiler system to be installed in an Oregon school district in over fifty years. The biomass project, which took nearly a year to complete, is the first project of its type to qualify for Oregon’s new Renewable Business Energy Tax credit, which provided almost a third of the cost.  The project allows money to stay in the local economy, while the boiler system makes use of wood that would otherwise increase forest fire risk.

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Town hall alert: Major changes to fish/wildlife program

September 25, 2008 --

Oregon Food and Shelter Press Release,

The NW Power and Conservation Council have issued their revised fish and wildlife program for public comment and are holding a series of public meetings throughout the region over the next several weeks (schedule below).  Program costs are increasing dramatically as a result of the new salmon plan or Biological Opinion issued by NOAA Fisheries, and settlement agreements reached by Bonneville Power with some states and tribes in the hydrosystem litigation. 

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Alert raised over Mcpherson filling LCDC vacancy

September 24, 2008 --

The property rights organization Oregonians In Action is opposing Governor Kulongoski’s appointment of Greg Macpherson to the Land Conservation and Development Commission. OIA is encouraging people to call their senators to oppose the appointment which normally do not generate such public attention or controversy.  Macpherson came under fire last year for drafting Measure 49 which was criticized heavily for how it was run through the process and the self-created ballot title.

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Circuit court lets McNair Decision stand

September 23, 2008 --

By American Forest Research Council
AFRC News, 9/16.

On September 11, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to reverse its decision on the Mission Brush case (Lands Council v McNair). The plaintiffs had asked for a full court review of the decision, following the court’s unanimous en banc ruling by 11 judges. The court
denied their request because not a single judge voted in favor of a review. The en banc decision
is significant not only because the court reversed its own earlier rulings, but established a limited
judicial framework for review of agency decisions. It also dictates that substantial deference be
given to the Forest Service’s own decision making process; clarifies that NFMA contain no
requirement for on the ground analysis; and recognizes that the Forest Service must balance
competing demands in managing the national forests, so that wildlife viability is not the only

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Volunteer sought for state advisory committee to LCDC

September 22, 2008 --

[Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission Release Sept. 17, 2008]

A new volunteer is being sought from Oregon Congressional District 2  for the state’s Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee (CIAC). CIAC is an eight-person committee that advises the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) and local governments on citizen involvement in land use planning.

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Timber declines to 11-year low

September 19, 2008 --


[Western Wood Products Association]  PORTLAND, Ore. – With the housing market on the ropes, lumber production at Western sawmills in 2007 slipped for the second straight year to the lowest annual volume in more than a decade, according to final production figures prepared by Western Wood Products Association.

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Conference: Are modern forestry practices benefiting streams and fish?

September 18, 2008 --

By Oregon Forest Research Institute, OFRI News 9/08

When Oregon passed the landmark Forest Practices Act (OFPA) in 1971, the legislation relied on results from the original Alsea Watershed Study, the most far-reaching forest watershed study of its time. Nearly 40 years later, three new paired watershed studies of unprecedented scope are guiding future stream protection practices in the Pacific Northwest.  Scientists working on these historic studies will present preliminary findings during a two-day conference at Oregon State University in October. “Assessing the Response of Streams to Contemporary Forest Practices: A Conference on Paired Watershed Studies,” will take place Oct. 13-14 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

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Measure 49 Update

September 17, 2008 --

From Oregonians In Action Education Center,
Looking Forward Magazine

In the past few weeks, we have received calls from Measure 49 claimants across the state asking about the timing of their Measure 49 claim.  Here is the latest information from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD): Of the 6,600 Measure 49 claims mailed to Oregon property owners, only 4,500 were returned.  The low return number is surprising and concerning to the DLCD.  There are likely many causes for the low return rate.

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