Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has created a panel to try to end a stalemate over federal forest lands that once belonged to the corrupt Oregon and California railroad.
Almost a hundred years ago Congress seized about two and a half million acres of forest from the O and C railroad. Today, the O and C lands are managed by the feds, but Oregon counties get half the profits from timber sales.
Tom Tuchman is Gov. Kitzhaber’s forestry advisor. He says the tree thinning that’s currently taking place in the O and C forests doesn’t provide enough income for rural counties.
“The governor’s been very clear he’d like to see increased logging levels from today," Tuchman said. "The question is where, when, how and under what conditions would you do that.”
Kitzhaber’s panel is made up of county commissioners, environmentalists and timber industry reps. He’s asked the panel to report back with a legislative proposal for the O and C lands in January.
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