U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, today released draft maps forecasting the division of the O&C lands under the bipartisan O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Proposal.
In February, DeFazio, and Reps. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, and Kurt Schrader, D-Canby, publicly released a balanced, long-term O&C plan that would provide revenue to struggling rural Oregon communities, create jobs, and provide protections for the environment.
The OCTCJA would divide the O&C lands roughly in half. Younger, previously managed timber stands would be managed by a public and diverse board of Oregonians appointed by the governor. Younger stands, known as “O&C Trust Lands” are depicted in yellow in the maps.
The OCTCJA transfers the remaining land, including more than 1 million acres of mature and old growth forests, from the Bureau of Land Management to the Forest Service and provides the first ever legislative protection for old growth on O&C Lands. Forest stands transferred to the Forest Service are depicted in green in the maps.
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The newly released draft maps gives Oregonians a ground level look at what lands would be managed for sustainable-yield timber production and what land would be set aside for conservation.
DeFazio, Walden, and Schrader worked with stakeholders to reach a bipartisan agreement on a long-term plan for the O&C counties. Since then, they’ve been working with the House Resources Committee to integrate the provisions of their proposal into committee legislation.
The maps can be viewed at http://1.usa.gov/GK7kpM.