Thank you to all who donated for hay for the farming family! COMMUNITY!!
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. 34% cut in timber harvests in not sustainable and is economically destructive to Oregon. A 70 year MISTAKE!
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.
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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 $25 membership goes a long way to help protect and support natural resource jobs, families, communities and businesses through our efforts.
ONRI will be at the Oregon Logging Conference at booth 614 in the Expo Hall. See you there!!
During December 2022, ONRI gave testimony opposing the Private Forest Accord (PFA). That testimony sparked a Board of Forestry member to contact us to find out more. The result was connecting curiosity with the source. A small woodland owner will lose 1/3 of his timberland due to the PFA. The timberland owner invited the Board member to his timberland for a tour, he is proud to be a true steward of our land and wants to show his efforts and care to those who are attempting to take it away.
Currently we are in the planning process to bring All of Oregon’s natural resource industries, groups, associations, organizations, and people together under one roof - unified - and hold a meet & greet with legislators. This has never been done before in Oregon, but we need to start doing things different if we want different results. We got our butts kicked in the election. We have a new legislative body with 22 new elected officials. We are hoping they see tens of thousands of natural resource people outside of the Capitol on March 27th, come down and meet with us. We will be sending out formal invitations and our intent is to come together in solidarity and meet those who have been elected to represent our interests.
Last November we traveled to Scottsdale Arizona to give an in-depth speech about Oregon’s Western Habitat Conservation Plan and how ONRI as well as other incredibly dedicated people made enough of an impact to postpone their decision to accept or reject the pan for a year. The speech was well received and after they finally took the mic away, we were still receiving questions and comments.
In October we added a Call To Action opposing Oregon’s DEQ from adopting Californias 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.