A bill authored by U.S. Reps. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) to force the U.S. Forest Service to complete a land exchange on Mt. Hood today passed the House of Representatives in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, 415-1. The Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act (H.R. 699) directs the Forest Service to move forward with the underlying land exchange — first approved by Congress in 2009 — which would help protect the local water source and grow family wage jobs in the community.
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