March 30, 2015 - Rep. Sprenger: Cougars near schools renews call for action

Rep. Sprenger:Cougars sightings near city schools renews call for action. By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation State Representative Sherrie Sprenger has introduced a bill to help keep Oregon safe from the rising threat of cougar attacks. Sprenger has introduced HB 3000 which directs the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife […]

March 27, 2015 - Key Senate vote on Water rule

By American Farm Bureau Federation Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Key Senate Votes on WOTUS “Key votes this week in the Senate delivered a resounding message that the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is flawed in both substance and process. Senators indicated they will […]

March 25, 2015 - Feds Reject Coastal Oregon Forestry

Forest Policy Briefs by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager Associated Oregon Loggers Feds Reject Coastal Oregon Forestry: The US Environmental Protection Agency and NOAA Fisheries Service in January disapproved Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution program. As expected since a 2013 environmental lawsuit ruling, EPA and NOAA attacked Oregon’s forest practices rules, […]

March 23, 2015 - Senator comment reveals federal forests madness

Healthy Forest, Healthy Communities Fringe activists are predictably making hay over statements made by Sen. Jon Tester regarding the impact of litigation and the “analysis paralysis” driving federal forest management today. They are making the most of their “gotcha” moment; one individual went so far as to liken the Democratic […]

March 20, 2015 - Congress takes up Death Tax

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association The House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee held a hearing on the Burden of the Estate Tax on Family Businesses and Farms. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association member and seventh-generation cattleman from Fort Davis, Texas, Bobby McKnight testified before the subcommittee on how the death tax […]

March 18, 2015 - Rep. Wilson: Local control bill rescues forests from deadline

Rep. Carl Wilson has a bill to transfer Federal lands to local governments in order to save counties from the dreaded timber payment end-of-the-line deadline. By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon (Photo by Staff, Michelle L.L. Binker) State Representative Carl Wilson has a plan to quickly fix Oregon’s forest crisis before […]

March 16, 2015 - Con. Schrader introduces Molalla River bill

Congressman Kurt Schrader U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader introduced the Molalla Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, a bill that would protect more than 21 miles of the Molalla River by designating it as “recreational” under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The legislation, introduced at the request of the Molalla community, […]

March 13, 2015 - Wheat Growers: Legislative review

By Oregon Wheat Growers League 2015 Legislative Session Updates Jana Jarvis, Paladin Public Affairs/ Amanda Dalton, Dalton Advocacy, OWGL Lobbyists SB 613 was introduced which would establish new regulations around the aerial application of pesticides including, among other requirements: 1) establishing buffers around schools, residences and waterways; 2) providing extensive […]

March 11, 2015 - Problems abound with Timber Tax Bill

Problems abound with Timber Tax Bill By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon The 2015 Legislature has resurrected a controversial Timber Tax bill from the 2014 Session.   This bill is being hailed by timber groups as costly and unmanageable, unnecessary, and with serious financial harm at a vulnerable time. Timber Tax […]

March 9, 2015 - Bad news for log sellers. Good news for builders.

By Rick Sohn Ph.D Umpqua Coquille LLC Timber Industry Report February 27, 2015 Mortgage Interest rates are still under 4% but rising. Logs prices are dropping unseasonably, and lumber prices are lower. Yet, housing starts remain stable, and home values are still rising but gradually. Trends of lumber, home construction, […]