Kitzhaber, Timber & the 2013 Session

by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager
Associated Oregon Loggers

Wildfire Protection Act:
An important milestone toward enacting needed funding reforms to Oregon’s private and state forest fire protection was accomplished when Governor Kitzhaber included proposed changes in his FY 2013-15 budget. Oregon Dept. of Forestry will offer a bill in the 2013 Legislature to boost initial attack firefighting, phase-in increased State fire funding, and reduce Eastern Oregon landowner fire assessments. ODF joins forest stakeholders statewide who have agreed to support this bill to reform fire protection on private and state forestlands.

Executive Order Promotes Wood: Governor John Kitzhaber in October issued an executive order designed to promote Oregon forest products in the marketplace. Executive Order 12-16 asks several Oregon agencies to: verify that green-building certification systems use Oregon wood products; to increase use of Oregon wood in state government building; to develop a 2013 legislative bill to promote Oregon wood outside the state; and to foster commercialization of new/innovative forest products and non-residential use of wood construction.

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