SALEM — Gov. John Kitzhaber said Tuesday he’s confident that the Oregon & California Railroad trust lands can be managed to provide for a predictable timber supply and environmental protection. A 14-member committee appointed by Kitzhaber is scheduled to meet today in Salem to hammer out recommendations that the governor could take to Washington, D.C., to lobby for changes to increase timber harvests on the 2.2 million acres of O&C forests in Western Oregon. “I believe there’s no survival value in pessimism,” Kitzhaber said. “I remain very optimistic. This is an issue that we have to address. We’ve got counties …
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