ONRI advocates for the working men and women whose livelihoods are based on natural resource industries, including foresters, loggers, ranchers, truckers, miners, fishers, and farmers. This includes their families, rural and urban along with their communities.
We work to bring viable solutions to the table.
We fight against senseless legislation that will hurt jobs in our industries.
We watch legislation and policies that are on the table and eduate the public on what's coming down the pipeline. We teach our members the process of testifying at all levels, so their voice can be heard. Industry workers, and communities who depend on those jobs for their families and their economies deserve a seat at the table, and proper representation at the table, with honesty and transparency.
We roll up our sleeves and shine a spotlight on what's hidden and hushed.
Oregon Natural Resource Industries supports and protects natural resource jobs, families, communities and businesses. We have an incredible and diverse volunteer board who work tirelessly to stay informed so that we can keep our ONRI family informed of issues that impact our livelihoods and communities.
Please consider becoming a paid member of ONRI. Your $50 membership goes a long way to help protect and support natural resource jobs, families, communities and businesses through our efforts.
Recently we added a Call To Action opposing Oregon’s DEQ from adopting California's ban on selling gas cars by 2035.
We’ve submitted testimony with facts like a ban on gas powered vehicles may be good for California since California ranks the 2nd highest contributor to GHG emissions at 358.8 million metric tons annually whereas Oregon contributes 38.3 million metric tons annually. Out of all states, Oregon has the 5th lowest carbon emissions per capita. As a reference, China contributes over 9.9 billion metric tons of GHG emissions annually. Globally, 33.6 billion tons of CO2 is emitted annually. Oregon contributes only .11% of the worlds emissions. This does not include our forest CO2 sequestration.
Currently, we are deeply involved with opposing the Western Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) which impacts 640,000 out of 942,000 acres the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) manages and shuts down 350,000 acres to forest management.
We are also keeping an eye on the new Forest Management Plan (FMP). The current FMP was proven a failure in a court of law when 14 counties sued the state and win $1.4 billion and is currently costing Oregon taxpayers $260,000/ day in interest until its either paid off or some agreement is made with the counties. The proposed FMP seems to be more aligned with the HCP with shutting down forestland. We object to closing down more forest to magement.
They are in the process of creating more rules and regulations through the Private Forest Accord to change our Forest Practices Act. We have submitted testimony that includes opposing the Private Timber Accord with their own reports and studies- ODF&W have done recent studies that show fish populations have been increasing without the increased riparian buffers that add more unmanaged timberland to PRIVATE timberland. Increased riparian buffers are not necessary.
Our team is watching wildfires closely so that if and when help is needed we can jump into action like we’ve done so many times in the past! Sadly, we’re getting very good at this.
We are working with many groups and elected officials that support and protect natural resources jobs and industry. This collaborative effort has made a difference. We’ve been praised by both the groups we’re involved with and Legislators for our efforts and results.
ONRI's vision is an Oregon where the people can enjoy economic growth while utilizing their natural resources in
an environmentally sustainable way that protects our communities for generations to come.
We protect our herds
We protect the livelyhoods of miners
We will not standby and watch our forests burn
We support hatch-box programs and support Oregon STEP's
Bring solutions to the table to solve some of the most pressing natural
resource problems facing our State
Broad diversity, with different natural resource industries being
represented all having a voice at the table
To preserve natural resource jobs and advocate for affected businesses
To restore pride, dignity and enthusiasm in Oregon's future
Educate and inform our members of legislation that affects their natural resource industries
Protecting rural Oregon's way of life and culture