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The Basics of the Global Warming Hoax

For a little humor on the subject see the warmlist

For the rational truth from a scientific and political perspective, see this on Richard Lindzen

Meet Dennis Richardson & Monica Wehby

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Baker County Republicans
Unity Event
Ice Cream & Pie Social
WITH
Gubernatorial Candidate Dennis Richardson
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Senatorial Candidate Dr. Monica Wehby
Saturday, July 19th, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
At:   The Harvey Home at 14529 S. Rock Creek Lane, Haines, Oregon
EVERYONE WELCOME!!!

For more information, please call 541-519-5035 for more information, directions or to RSVP

UNION COUNTY EVENT:

 

 

Protect Oregon Driver Licenses Referendum

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There is one ballot measure in November that will really bring out Republican voters.  Protect Oregon Driver Licenses (PODL) was successful in gathering over 77,000 signatures on their citizens veto referendum to overturn the bill which required the DMV to issue driver cards to illegal aliens.   We need to urge voters to vote NO on this measure in November.

PODL would like to mail every Republican County Party information packed brochures and other materials for their members to pass out at local events this summer.  The Oregon Republican Party has endorsed the referendum to overturn the driver card bill and the Republican Party platform has a plank in opposition to giving Oregon driver cards to illegal aliens.

Two of the Chief Petitioners and endorsers of the referendum are Representative Sal Esquivel (R- Medford) and Representative Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer).  Also, Senator Tim Knopp and Senator Jeff Kruse have endorsed the referendum campaign.  The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (Sheriffs of Oregon PAC) has also given their endorsement to the referendum campaign.  The ORP platform is clear on illegal immigration.  Needless to say, voters who turn out for this measure are likely to vote for Republicans up and down the ticket.

If you would like materials such as buttons, pencils, informational brochures about the referendum, etc. to distribute at your events this summer, or if you would like PODL volunteers to help staff your booth, please contact Cynthia Kendoll at jcniles@teleport.com or by phone at (503) 581-6485 and Protect Oregon Driver Licenses will send them out to you.

If you would like to invite a speaker to attend one of your meetings to talk about the referendum, what’s happening on the border or any other immigration related topic please contact Cynthia!

Thank you so very much!

 

Mike Nearman

Chair, Polk County Republican Party

2nd Amendment

Guns

Economic Growth Figures Revised Downward

The Department of Commerce reports that the nation’s economy contracted at an annual rate of about 2.9 percent during the first quarter of this year.

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Faiths File Amicus Brief on Traditional Marriage

Greg Barreto wins Big for District 58

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Union County: 83%
Wallowa County: 80%
Umatilla County: 51%

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Oregon US Senate Seat in Play

The GOP challenger, Monica Wehby, is giving Democrat US Senator Jeff Merkley a run for his money: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/02/oh-my-gop-challenger-leads-dem-incumbent-jeff-merkley-in-oregon/

Keep your doctor.  Change your Senator.  Monica Wehby’s web site: http://www.monicafororegon.com/

Mitt Romney endorses Monica Wehby! http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/mitt-romney-monica-wehby-oregon-106229.html

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The Imperial Presidency – By Eric Cantor (House Majority Leader)

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The Silver Lining

It has been said that “every cloud has a silver lining.”  As one author put it: “there’s a silver lining to every cloud that sails about the heavens if we could only see it.”  Could there possibly be any silver lining to the dark storm cloud of Obama-care? It hangs over our free-market economy like a swirling mass ready to drop a funnel cloud that will wreak havoc on our liberty and prosperity.  Every bad situation has some good aspect to it…right?  I must admit that our nation has recently been overcome by the effects of the misguided actions of President Obama and the Liberal Democrats in congress.  It is difficult at this point in time to see any positive way forward.  Difficult times are like dark clouds that pass overhead and block the sun.  When we look more closely at the edges of every cloud we can see the sun shining there like a silver lining.

I see a silver lining!  It started as a faint glimmer in 2010 when Nancy Pelosi lost the speakership in the US House of Representatives.  It is becoming ever more visible as it appears more and more likely that Harry Reid will lose his position of power as the Senate Majority Leader.  Consider the possibilities if this November, Republicans increase their majority in the US House of Representatives.  Consider further the delightful possibilities if Republicans win control of the US Senate!  We can stop President Obama and his minions in the executive branch from enacting more of their lame-duck liberal policies on America.  We can finally give them battle with Harry Reid out of the way.  Isn’t that a wonderful prospect to think about.  Now that, my friends, is a silver lining.

A recent Fox News poll shows Democrats in a worse  position than they were in before the 2010 elections: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/22/Poll-Democrats-in-Worse-Position-Than-2010

Independent voters back anti-Obama care candidates by a wide margin:  http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/21/Poll-Independent-Voters-Back-Anti-Obamacare-Candidates-By-25-Points

Senate Democrats are increasingly playing defense as the effects of their failed liberal policies hurt ordinary Americans: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/21/Senate-Democrats-Forced-to-Defend-More-Seats

Even blue-state Oregon has appeared on the 2014 GOP Senate battle map: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/21/GOP-Expands-Senate-Battle-Map-Into-Blue-State-Oregon

The liberal Washington Post admits that Democrats only have a 1 percent chance of taking back the US House of Representatives: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/21/Washington-Post-Democrats-Have-1-Percent-Chance-of-Taking-the-House

One Democrat congressman predicts that Obama care will inevitably increase taxes: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/danieldoherty/2014/04/22/dem-rep-discussing-obamacare-its-going-to-hit-the-fan-n1827620

The debate is NOT over, Mr. President! By the way, all of your lies to the American people have been recorded for posterity: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2014/04/21/no-the-obamacare-debate-and-irs-scandal-arent-over-n1826827

 

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The United States of Swat?

The increased militarization of federal agencies. Plus, an update on the Bundy ranch situation and the long term goals of federal agencies.

 

From Bad to Worse

Forget the Bush picture. It’s come to this:

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U.S. Firearm Production Sets Record in 2012: AR-15 Production Up Over 100%

 

 
 
           

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U.S. Firearm Production Sets Record in 2012: AR-15 Production Up Over 100%

The number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. for sale to American customers hit an all-time high in 2012, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (BATFE) new Firearms Manufacturers and Export Report. American firearm manufacturers produced roughly 8.3 million firearms for sale in the U.S., a new record, up 33 percent from the 6.2 million produced for American customers in 2011.

The report shows not only that Americans valued firearms in 2012 more than ever before, but also that they particularly valued the kinds of firearms that gun control supporters have tried the hardest to get banned–handguns and semi-automatic rifles.

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A Tale of Two Realities: A Gun Controller’s Slanderous Rhetoric and a Mother’s Stand to Save Her Children

Despite current restrictions that place New Jersey well outside the American mainstream, gun controllers and some state lawmakers have made clear their intent to push even further in 2014, with wide-ranging legislation targeting nearly every aspect of the remaining gun freedom Garden State residents enjoy (or cling to, perhaps more accurately). Chief among these proposals is a bill that would lower the magazine capacity limit from the current 15 down to 10. And it appears gun control advocates are prepared to sink to any level of rhetorical excess to get it passed.

In a February 14 NJ.com article, Bryan Miller, Executive Director of the self-proclaimed “faith-based movement to prevent gun violence” Heeding God’s Call, is quoted as stating, “Nobody needs a 15-round ammunition magazine unless they are a domestic terrorist or a gangster.”

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Watch the Latest NRA-ILA Grassroots News Minute

 

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Watch the Sneak Peak of Sunday’s NRA All Access Episode 8

 

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FBI: More NICS Checks, Less Violent Crime

Two sets of data published by the FBI seven months apart show increased gun ownership coinciding with a reduction in violent crime.

Last July, the FBI completed its monthly update of an online table showing the number of firearm-related checks conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The new numbers showed that the number of checks increased from 8.9 million during the first six months of 2012, to a whopping 11.4 million during the same period in 2013, an increase of 29 percent.

Gun control supporters pretend that NICS checks that result in denials perfectly correspond with the denial of firearms to aspiring violent criminals, while denying that the numbers of approved checks indicate anything at all about trends in firearms purchases. However, while not as reliable an indicator of firearm purchase trends as the Annual Firearms Manufacturers and Export Reports and Firearms Commerce in the United States reports complied by the BATFE, the FBI’s NICS numbers provide a fair indication of such trends. Even though not all approved checks result in the acquisition of firearms, some checks result in the acquisition of multiple firearms. And even though some checks are conducted for carry permit purposes, some firearms are acquired through licensed dealers without a NICS check, based upon the exemption available in some states for persons licensed to possess or carry a firearm.

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John Lott Exposes Fuzzy Bloomberg Math

Apparently, Michael Bloomberg didn’t learn his lesson after one of his two anti-gun groups, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), was taken to task for claiming that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, shot by police, was a “victim of gun violence.”

Last week, Bloomberg’s other gun control group, which he markets as a “Moms” group, teamed with MAIG to release propaganda intended to convey the impression that school shootings are on the rise.

However, in an article for Fox News, economist John Lott showed that the shootings cited by Bloomberg included suicides, incidents in which no one was injured, at least one self-defense shooting, and shootings that took place late at night on and off school property. “Contrary to what many people believe, high school shootings have actually been falling over the last two decades,” Lott wrote.

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Dissenter in Heller & McDonald Argues for Decisions to be Over-ruled by Constitutional Amendment

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens found himself on the wrong side of law and history in both of the Supreme Court’s landmark cases on the Second Amendment in the early 21st Century, District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010). Together, these decisions recognized that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense that is not dependent upon service in an organized militia, and that this right binds the acts of federal, state, and local officials.

Stevens wrote lengthy (and unavailing) dissents in both cases. In his Heller dissent, he argued, among other things, that the Second Amendment was intended only to preserve the right of the people to maintain well-regulated state militias; that it did not “enshrine the common-law right of self-defense in the Constitution;” and that it does not curtail legislative power “to regulate nonmilitary use and ownership of weapons.” Meanwhile, his dissent in McDonald opined that the plaintiffs were asserting a property right, rather than a liberty interest; that other “advanced democracies” manage just fine without a right corresponding to the Second Amendment; and that the Second Amendment, properly understood, has nothing to say about state and local gun control.

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NRA Mourns the Passing of Cabela’s Founder, Richard Cabela

The NRA–and hunters, fishermen, and outdoorsmen the world over–lost a long-time friend this week as Dick Cabela, founder of Cabela’s, Inc., passed away on Monday at the age of 77.

Dick, along with his wife Mary, founded Cabela’s at their kitchen table in 1961, after Dick bought $45 worth of fishing flies with the intention of selling them at the family’s furniture and hardware store in Chappell, Nebraska. When the flies didn’t sell, Cabela ran an ad in a local newspaper. That didn’t work out either. Finally, Cabela ran the following ad in Sports Afield magazine: “FREE Introductory offer! 5 popular Grade A hand-tied flies. Send 25c for postage and handling.” That ad was the breakthrough; orders started flowing in, and Cabela’s was born. With the business growing, Dick’s brother Jim joined the company as a co-owner in 1963.

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FLORIDA: Report on Florida Legislative Committee Action Week of 2/17/14 – 2/20/14

GEORGIA: Update on Pro-Gun Activity in Atlanta

IDAHO: Senate Passes Secure Campuses Bill

INDIANA: House Committee to Hear Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment on Monday

IOWA: House Judiciary Committee Passes Suppressor Bill With Strong Support

IOWA: Egregious Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in State Senate

KENTUCKY: Concealed Carry Reform Bills Continue to Move in Frankfort

LOUISIANA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

MARYLAND: Save the Date for Gun Day in Annapolis

MICHIGAN : Legislation to Eliminate Concealed Carry Licensing Boards Introduced in Senate

MISSOURI: Second Amendment Update from Jefferson City

 

MONTANA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

NEW JERSEY: Anti-Gun Lawmakers Pick Up Where They Left Off Last Year

NEW MEXICO: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die – No Gun Control Passed

NORTH CAROLINA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

OKLAHOMA: House Judiciary Committee Passes Many Pro-Gun Bills

TENNESSEE: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill, Another Awaits Signature

TENNESSEE: Pro-Hunting Bill Approved by Senate Committee; House Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing

VIRGINIA: Four Pro-Gun Bills Sent to the Governor

WEST VIRGINIA: Senate to Consider Weakened Firearms Preemption Bill

WEST VIRGINIA: Bills on the Move in Charleston

WISCONSIN: Bill to Allow Interstate Long Gun Purchases and Sales Going to Governor

 
 
     
 

 

The Obama administration is a sad joke!  It’s way past time to throw the bums out.  The new US productivity under Obama and the ACA: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/02/21/video-working-9-to-5-the-obamacare-remix/

Free speech must be constantly guarded.  Apparently the FCC has temporarily changed its mind about monitoring news outlets for now until people aren’t watching anymore: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/21/FCC-Suspends-Invasive-Newsroom-Questionnaire

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Greg’s Campaign Kick Off Celebration!

Please come and support Greg Barreto in his bid for election to Oregon state representative.  Greg is a principled Conservative who is an advocate of limited government, personal freedom and individual responsibility.  He would be an excellent addition to the Oregon state legislature! http://gregbarreto.com/

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ObamaCare Impact

In case you missed it, the Congressional Budget Office released a new report this week stating that the Affordable Care Act will cost the country the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time jobs and increase the deficit by $1 trillion over the next ten years.

Believe it or not, the Obama administration is spinning this as a good thing. In reality, stripping millions of hours of productivity and rewarding people for working less will be detrimental to our economic growth. Check out my USA Today column to find out why the CBO’s findings on ObamaCare are bad news for all Americans.

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And if you haven’t seen it yet, please watch and share our newest television ad: Trapped by ObamaCare.

We’re working harder than ever to make sure Americans know the truth about ObamaCare. Thank you for joining us in the fight for health care freedom.

In Liberty,

Tim Phillips
Americans for Prosperity President

 

 

Greg Barreto for State Representative, House District 58

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Hello friends,
 
I am honored to be running for the position of State Representative HD 58.
 
You deserve a Representative that believes that those serving in Salem should be in the business of streamlining government and promoting an atmosphere for business to prosper.  I pledge to use my business skills to help create new opportunities to make the lives of House District 58 citizens better.
 
Less is more when it comes to government.  Fewer regulations, less debt and taxes mean more freedom for you, the hard working people of Eastern Oregon.  We need an efficient, lean, government that uses principled common sense.  This is what I will bring to Salem, for YOU, the people.
 
Innovative ideas and sound business practices give me distinctive insights to the challenges facing our rural communities as we fight for our voice to be heard in Salem.  Having survived the ups and downs of business in Oregon over the last 30 years, I know how to work hard to create lasting prosperity in Eastern Oregon. I’ll fight for sound ideas that benefit those I swear an oath to serve, which will often mean opposing government bureaucrats and the Portland crowd that runs Salem.

Together we can make this happen!

Your help is needed in four ways.

Volunteers are needed to help run an effect campaign. 
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Share this with all of your friends and ask them to do the same.
And most of all, I need your VOTE in the May 20th primary.

You deserve a Principled Common Sense Representative for HD 58.

I’m Greg Barreto and I would consider it a privilege to represent YOU, the people of House District 58, in the Oregon State House of Representatives.

Thank you and God bless you,

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Change in leadership for Union County Republicans

On December 30, our Chairman of the Union County Republicans (UCRCC), Greg Barreto, announced his candidacy for State Representative House District 58. The current District 58 representative, Bob Jenson of Pendleton, has announced that he is not seeking another term in office.

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Greg Barreto is endorsed by Union County Commissioners Mark Davidson, Bill Rosholt and Steve McClure,  La Grande Mayor Dan Pokorney and Union County Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen. In order to run for office, Greg has resigned his position as Chairman of the Union County Republican Central Committee (UCRCC) and is replaced on by former Vice-Chair Rae Anderson, of La Grande.

Milton Friedman on Healthcare

Time has proved him right, yet again. The more we continue down the path of “socialized” medicine, the more costs go up and the more efficiency goes down. We have been on this path for many years.

Leaked: Wyden’s Anti Rural Jobs and More Forest Fires Bill

From Chris Barreto:
 
Please send letters to Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley and Governor Kitzhaber!

They need to hear from Oregonians that this is just not acceptable.

We need JOBS in Oregon, not fire fighters.

 


From: Keith C Trahern [mailto:keith@traherns.com]
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2013 12:34 PM
To: ‘Keith C Trahern’
Subject: Leaked Wyden’s Anti Rural Jobs and More Forest Fires Bill

Summary of the Wyden O&C bill which he will be releasing next week (right before Thanksgiving…come on!).  As chairman of the Senate committee with complete jurisdiction over the Forest Service and BLM, this is the best he could do is legislate more poverty for Oregon’s rural forest communities!  The only certainty in this bill is that rural Oregon will economically become a third world country! 

Tell Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley, and Governor Kitzhaber this proposal is unacceptable!     

Senator Ron Wyden’s Anti Rural Jobs and More Forest Fires Bill (aka Oregon and California Land Grant Act of 2013)

 

(the following is his words not ours)

 

“For too long, Oregon’s 2.1 million acres of O&C grant lands have been ground zero for the battle between those seeking to halt logging in the Northwest and those seeking to return to the unsustainable logging levels of a bygone era.

This legislation would end the gridlock by using science to guide management of the O&C lands, roughly doubling timber harvests over the next 10 years compared to the last 10 years and providing certainty for local communities. At the same time, this bill will permanently protect old growth trees, ensure habitat for sensitive species, and put in place strong safeguards for drinking water and fish.

This bill amends the Oregon and California Revested Lands Sustained Yield Management Act of 1937, so the O&C Grant Lands in 18 Oregon counties aremanaged to foster long-term forest and environmental health while producing sustainable levels of timber.

It achieves these goals and resolves longstanding land management disputes by separating the Oregon and California Grant Lands into roughly equal “forestry emphasis” and “conservation emphasis” areas.

 

Ensuring Predictable and Sustainable Timber Harvests

The legislation requires the Secretary of the Interior to provide a long-term sustained yield of timber in forestry emphasis areas, using forestry principles developed by Drs. Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin, two highly respected Northwest scientists. It includes specific directions for managing dry and moist forests. In forestry emphasis areas, sustainable timber production is a clear management priority, eliminating the uncertainty and conflicting direction that have contributed to the decline in forest management on O&C lands.

 Over the past decade, harvests have averaged 149.5 million board feet per year, and were at just 167 million board feet in 2012, according to the BLM. Even that low level is likely to fall off by more than 30% in about a decade, according to the agency’s projections. The status quo, thinning only approach leads to only about 115 million board feet of harvests in about 10 years, unless the agency can move forward with a new strategy for the O&C forests. This bill represents a new strategy that works and can become law.

This strategy takes the most controversial harvests off the table. It ensures that:

- Old growth stands over 120 years old and trees over 150 years old cannot be harvested.

- Timber harvests and thinning projects cannot significantly impact stream quality, fish, highly erodible land, wetlands, endangered or threatened species, or tribal cultural sites.

- Spotted owl nest trees are protected and harvests that may impact endangered species require coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

Moist Forests

- Harvests must retain 30 percent of the original trees in a stand. Trees along streams can count toward this 30 percent, but any old growth trees protected are above and beyond this threshold. The remaining trees are to be no uniformly spaced throughout a stand, ensuring more natural distribution of trees.

- Stands in the moist forests will be harvested when the average age of the trees in the stand reach 80 to 120 years of age.

- Continues thinning projects that leave more than 50 percent of trees in stands. Dry Forests

- Resiliency to fire is the management emphasis for dry forest stands.

- Harvesting to reduce the density of trees in dry forests is promoted- however, one third of all of the dry forests must be selected to remain as denser landscape scale patches for endangered species.

- Harvesting must ensure the oldest 35 percent of the trees in an area remain after the operation.

- Provides new flexibility for county governments to reduce fire danger within half a mile of homes, and private landowners to within 100 feet of their own homes.

 

Streamlining Environmental Reviews

This bill would cut environmental and court reviews of proposed timber sales nearly in half, taking commonsense steps to streamline review procedures, while maintaining environmental laws.

While federal Environmental Impact Statements take an average of 3.6 years, according to one study, this bill would require the BLM to finalize its O&C environmental impact statements within 18 months after the bill becomes law.

 

First, it streamlines the timelines for environmental and judicial reviews-

Second, it eliminates the individual environmental impact statements for each timber sale, and replaces them with two large-scale environmental impact statements – one each for dry and moist forests – that examine 10 years’ worth of timber sales on O&C lands-

Third, it requires front loaded coordination between federal agencies during environmental reviews- and

Fourth, it requires upfront studies of areas to prioritize treatments.

 

- The streamlined EIS procedures continue to allow for judicial review, but eliminate unnecessary delays by setting strict, but achievable deadlines. For example, the draft Environmental Impact Statements must be released within a year of enactment, and finalized within 18 months of enactment.

- Lawsuits must be filed no later than 30 days after a final decision is made by the BLM. In addition, only those who participated in the BLM comment process and raised their objections are eligible to file suit. An expedited court procedure requires trials to begin within 180 days, to ensure lawsuits are heard in a timely manner.

- Once the 10year EIS is finalized, the BLM must simply document that a proposed project meets the criteria analyzed in the EIS, rather than conducting a project specific environmental review. Projects may only be challenged on the grounds that they failed to conform with the EIS.

- Eliminates the time consuming “survey and manage” requirements of the Northwest Forest Plan on the forestry emphasis areas of the O&C lands.

- The US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service will conduct a five year check in, to ensure operations and impacts to species follow the original EIS. 

- This bill leaves the Endangered Species Act untouched, and the habitat for the plants and animals that the Endangered Species Act protects are managed to help try to recover these species.

 

Protecting Streams, Drinking Water and Fish

The bill creates the first specific legislative protections for aquatic areas and watersheds on O&C lands, by requiring the BLM to protect and restore waterquality for drinking water and aquatic species in streams and lakes.

- It protects water quality for all O&C lands. In forestry emphasis areas, riparian reserves would encompass an area 150 feet from streams containing fish, and 75 feet from other streams. The modified reserves allow for greater timber harvests, while maintaining habitat and water quality protections.

- Within those reserves, thinning is allowed to improve forest and stream health. Thinning is allowed for trees under 80 years old in moist forests, and for trees under 150 years in dry forests. An additional buffer of 75 feet on streams without fish can be used for sustainable harvests in standsless than 80 years of age.

- In conservation emphasis areas, riparian reserves are permanently protected under the same approach currently used under the NorthwestForest Plan.

- Watershed assessments will be conducted to identify streams most in need of protection. Riparian reserves can be adjusted based on those assessments. 

- Permanent road construction is prohibited in key watersheds, and the BLM is directed to generally decrease the quantity of roads on its lands. 

- Sets aside $1 million per year for transporting and placing large trees in streams to improve water quality and fish habitat.

- To speed up restoration accomplishments, the following clearly beneficial restoration activities are excluded from analysis typically required by NEPA: Placing trees in streams to benefit fish species, planting of native trees along streams, replacing culverts that prevent fish from migrating, and removal of user created roads.

- The removal of excess roads on BLM lands is a priority. A new “Legacy Roads and Trails” program is created for these lands and is authorized to spend $5 million annually.

 

Management in the Conservation Areas

Conservation areas will be managed for general conservation benefits, including old growth protection, watershed health, native wildlife, climate management, recreation, and tourism.

- In the conservation areas, road building with limited exceptions and mineral development is prohibited. Timber harvests are allowed, but are limited to those that improve habitat and forest health. This is achieved by

thinning and retaining older and larger trees. Portions of the conservation areas will be designated for more specific management and additional protections:

- Oregon Treasures: Wild Rogue Wilderness expansion (56,400 acres), Rogue River Wild and Scenic Rivers expansion (93 miles), Molalla Recreational River designation (15.1 miles), Table Rock Fork Recreational River designation (6.2 miles), Chetco Wild and Scenic River update

- Devils Staircase Wilderness: 30,540 acres

- Cascade Siskiyou National Monument Expansion: 5,700 acres

- Illinois Valley Salmon and Botanical Area: 16,300 acres

- Recreation and Backcountry Areas: Rogue National Recreation Area (nearly 95,000 acres)- Molalla National Recreation Area (24,000 acres)- Pacific Crest Trail Protection Corridor (8,200 acres)- Primitive Backcountry Areas: Grizzly Peak (3,000 acres), Dakubetede (27,700 acres), Wellington Wildlands (5,700 acres), Mungers Butte (9,800 acres), Brummitt Fir (1,500 acres), Crabtree Valley (2,000 acres)

- Drinking Water Special Management Units (total acres: 47,000): McKenzie, Hillsboro, Clackamas, and Springfield Drinking Water Special Management Units.

- Special Environmental Zones: 95,600 acres of current or proposed BLM Areas of Critical Environmental Concern 

- Wild and Scenic Rivers (total miles: 47): Nestucca River, Walker Creek, North Fork Silver Creek, Lobster Creek, Jenny Creek, Spring Creek, Franklin Creek and Wasson Creek

 

Increasing Revenues for Counties

The revenues generated from the sale of timber from these lands will be shared with the counties and pay for the cost of managing the lands, without increasing the federal deficit.

- Every county is guaranteed at least as much funding as it would have received under the O&C Act of 1937, if it had elected to receive those funds in Fiscal Year 2013. 

- The BLM will receive 25 percent of revenues – up to $20 million – to fund management of the O&C lands.

- Each year, $4 million of the revenue generated from timber harvests will go to the U.S. Treasury, to prevent an increase in the federal deficit.

- The remaining revenue shall be paid annually to the O&C counties.

- If there is insufficient revenue to meet the county’s minimum payment, money will be taken from the U.S. Treasury payment and then the BLM administrative repayment to cover the balance.

 

Consolidating the Checkerboard of Land Ownership

The bill provides new ways to consolidate land ownership and reduce the checkerboard of public and private lands. Within six months of the date of enactment, BLM will identify lands suitable for sale or exchange with private or state owned lands. BLM is authorized to sell or exchange Federal land in order to consolidate land in an effort to improve management efficiency and productivity or to improve the ecological value of conservation areas. 

- BLM will sell a portion of the acres it identifies or has previously identified for disposal and use the revenue from the sales to purchase land near to BLM holdings.

- If land in forest emphasis areas is sold, the land purchased with these funds will be managed as a forest emphasis area. Sales of conservation emphasis area lands shall be used to purchase lands for conservation emphasis.

 

Additional provisions

- This Act sets aside 50,000 acres for special joint management and research by the BLM and Oregon State University and other institutions of higher education. The Secretary will choose lands near Oregon State University from both the timber emphasis areas and the conservation areas. The lands will be managed to conduct ecological forestry demonstration projects, research and monitor suspected impacts, and produce timber. If the land fails to be actively managed, it will revert back to management by the BLM.

- Land is restored to two Oregon tribes: the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. The lands may not be used for gaming, and commercial forestry activities on these lands must follow applicable federal laws, and there will be no net loss of O&C lands.

- Management restrictions on the Coquille Tribe’s lands are lifted to make their treatment equal to other tribal”

 

Tom Towslee

State Communications Director

Office of Senator Ron Wyden

503-326-7539 (Office)

503-477-0307 (Cell)

tom_towslee@wyden.senate.gov

@ttowslee

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