Update: In late April, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee advanced HB 2001 to the Ways and Means committee due to its price tag, topping $400,000. Despite significant costs to the environment and Oregon taxpayers, it has been ranked as a major ‘jobs’ bill for a coalition of industry groups and is a top priority of House Speaker Bruce Hanna, and though it appears dead, procedural maneuvering could bring it up for a vote before the session ends. Click here to send an email to your State Representative and Senator TODAY to urge them to vote NO on HB 2001.
HB 2001 – his bill would change the definition of ‘greatest permanent value’ for our state forests in order to make timber production the primary purpose of state forestlands like the Tillamook, Clatsop, Santiam, and Elliott State Forests. The intent of this bill is to maximizing logging and roadbuilding, which would come at the expense of non-timber values like fish, wildlife, clean water, recreation and carbon sequestration. Current law requires that timber production be balanced with non-timber uses, but HB 2001 would upend this approach in order to dramatically increase logging and reduce protections for non-timber values. The Sierra Club and fish conservation groups have worked successfully to stop this type of legislation in numerous times in the past. Sierra Club position: Oppose.
HB2597 – Update: HB 2597 died without a committee vote in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in late April. This bill would have required that state forestlands like the Tillamook, Clatsop, Santiam and Elliott State Forests be managed at 90% of the level you would see on private industrial forestlands, essentially maximizing logging and roadbuilding on publicly owned state forest lands at the expense of fish, wildlife, recreation, clean water and carbon sequestration. The Sierra Club and fish conservation groups have worked successfully to stop this type of legislation in numerous times in the past. Sierra Club position: Oppose.