US Sen. Ron Wyden's O&C Land Grant Act would put more than a million acres of forests at risk of 'reckless' logging, says Environment Oregon, claims proposed legislation 'guts' Northwest Forest Plan, puts drinking water of 1.8 million residents at risk
November 26, 2013
– Environment Oregon stands with thousands of Oregonians in opposing the bill
Today, Senator Ron Wyden introduced the O&C Land Grant Act of 2013, legislation that decreases critical environmental protections for over a million acres of Oregon’s public forests to promote increased logging. This bill comes on the tails of HR 1526, a controversial logging bill which passed the House of Representatives on September 20, 2013. In response to Sen. Wyden’s proposal, Rikki Seguin, Environment Oregon’s Conservation Advocate released the following statement:
“Environment Oregon opposes Senator Wyden’s decision to put over a million acres of Oregon’s treasured forests at risk to reckless logging.
“Oregon’s forests are what make Oregon so very special. Whether it’s the towering groves of old-growth, or the crystal clear rivers winding through the trees, Oregon’s forests are really what makes Oregon, Oregon.
“Sen. Wyden’s bill is a nightmare for Oregon’s forests:
“We have seen thousands of Oregonians stand up in opposition of these attacks on Oregon’s public forests. We hope to work with members of Congress here in Oregon and across the country to prevent this reckless proposal from moving forward.”
Senator Wyden's legislation can be found here.