Finally, Oregon lawmakers got a public hearing before members of Congress for their bipartisan plan to ease some of Oregon’s forest management woes. It’s been a long time coming. For more than 20 years, since protections for the threatened northern spotted owl went into effect, Douglas County residents have been searching for sustainable ways to harvest timber on the federal lands surrounding us without degrading the environment or harming the habitat for fish and wildlife. On Thursday in Washington, D.C., Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson, Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, Greg Walden, R-Hood River, and Kurt Schrader, D-Canby, described the urgent …
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