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Timber harvest safety net payments end June 2007
By Rosalyn Rhinehart April 1, 2007, Medford, Oregon
There are three legs to the "milk" money stool here: The National Forest; Bureau of Land Management, and the O&C (Oregon-California Railroad). I'll cover just the O&C today and it's effects on just Jackson County (where I live) and Josephine County, to our west.
Timber harvest began here in the 1850's. Today 70% of Western Oregon belongs to the national forest; 10% belongs to private lumber companies, only forest industry remaining in Jackson County.
In 1870 4.2 million Oregon acres of forest
lands were reclaimed for the O&C railroad at $2.50
per acre and taken off the tax rolls inventory. In
1937 the Government signed an agreement with 18
Oregon Counties; in lieu of lost taxation, two
million acres were dedicated to timber production
to sustain yields producing money, perpetually, to
the 18 Counties. For 50 years that supported
parks, state and county law enforcement, public
safety, libraries etc. You know the rest of the
story, environmental law suits, global competition
etc. shut down our timber harvesting to a loss of
$15.6 million in Josephine Co. and $23 million
here in Jackson County per year provided by
congress' "safety net fund" that ends June 30,
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