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Greg Walden: "This broken system has to change"

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Published on Aug 22, 2013

http://walden.house.gov/s2013/greg-wa...

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today released the following statement on support from county commissioners and public safety officials for bipartisan forestry legislation he co-authored that is moving through Congress.

Today, elected officials from financially hard hit counties in Southern Oregon—including Jackson and Josephine Counties—held a press conference in support of the bipartisan O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs plan offered by Walden and two of his colleagues from Oregon, Reps. Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader. Their proposal would create jobs, provide revenues to failing Oregon counties, help sustain the local manufacturing base, save the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars, and protect water, fish, and old growth.

The plan was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee as part of a larger forestry bill, the Restoring Healthy Forests For Healthy Communities Act (H.R. 1526). The bill renews the federal government's commitment to manage federal forests for the benefit of rural communities, improves forest health, and helps prevent catastrophic wildfires like the ones burning around Oregon.

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