Pew Poll Finds Support For Protecting O&C Forests

May 22, 2013

A majority of Oregon voters favor protections for the so called O and C forest lands in Western Oregon. That’s according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

  The O & C is a patchwork of federal land in Western Oregon. Governor John Kitzhaber and three congressmen have proposed increasing logging on the O and C forests to raise revenue for depressed counties.

The poll asked 500 likely voters which plan for the O and C forests they preferred: A plan that limited logging to 20 percent of the forest and raised $40 million for counties. Or a plan that allowed logging on 60 percent of the forest and raised $165 million.

Nicole Cordan is with Pew. She says by about a 2 to 1 margin, Oregonians preferred the plan with less logging.

Cordan: “You see it across almost all the demographics. Men, women, all of our congressional districts, self-identified party affiliations.”

The poll was conducted from April 12th to the 17th.

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