EUGENE, Ore. — A step towards creating new jobs while protecting old growth forests is one step closer to reality. After nearly a year-and-a-half of negotiations, the House of Natural Resources Committee passed part of the bi-partisan O & C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act in late July. Oregon State Representative Peter DeFazio said the legislation could create thousands of jobs while protecting the environment. More importantly, he said it will help struggling, timber-dependent counties.
“To move this forward is critical. The counties need a long-term, predictable, sustainable base of revenue,” said DeFazio.
While the bill won’t give counties everything they need, DeFazio believes it will be a huge help. The bill is expected to come to the House floor for review in September.