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Walden to Visit Klamath, Lake Counties on November 13


Trip to include Kingsley Field visit, updates on Lakeview Biomass and 9 Mile projects, speech at Lake County Chamber meeting

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) will visit Klamath Falls and Lakeview this Saturday, November 13 as part of his 223rd round trip between Oregon and Washington, D.C. since first being elected to office in 1998.  Last week, Walden was re-elected to a fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives by the citizens of Oregon’s Second Congressional District with 72% of the vote. 

Walden will be in Klamath Falls to meet with Colonel John Adkisson who will brief Walden on current Oregon Air National Guard operations at Kingsley Field.  The meeting will give Walden an opportunity to see and hear firsthand the work being done at the Klamath Falls site and the benefits that such a facility can offer to the local economy.    Walden and Adkisson will discuss operations during a breakfast meeting prior to heading to Kingsley Field for a tour of the facility.  This will be Walden’s fourth visit to Klamath Falls this year and 35th since taking office.

Following his meeting with Colonel Adkisson, Walden will head to Lakeview for a presentation by Jim Walls of the Lake County Resource Initiative and Paul Harlan of The Collins Corporation on their current proposal for the Lakeview Biomass Project.  Walls and Harlan are proposing a plan to construct a biomass energy generation facility in Lakeview using new authorities and incentives provided by both the Administration’s Healthy Forests Restoration Initiative and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA), which was co-authored by Walden and passed by Congress last year. 

Walden, who is vice-chair of the House Renewable Energy Caucus and chairman of the House Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, is a strong supporter of the continued expansion of the use of biomass for energy generation as demonstrated by his leadership in passing the HFRA and supporting a production tax credit of $20 per green ton of biomass as proposed in energy legislation currently pending in Congress.

Following the presentation by Walls and Harlan, Fremont-Winema National Forest Supervisor Karen Shimamoto will update Walden on the 9 Mile Project, a successful example of a Healthy Forest Restoration Act project near Chiloquin.  This trip to Lakeview will be Walden’s second of the year and 10th since taking office.  The meeting will begin at 11:00 AM at the U.S. Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management Service Center (1300 South G Street, Lakeview).

Walden will then speak at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  After being introduced by County Commissioner Brad Winters, Walden will speak to the group about recent activities in Congress and discuss the needs of the local economy with those in attendance.  Following his remarks, Walden will allow time for a question and answer period.  The event, which is open to the public, begins at noon at the Elk’s Lodge (323 North F Street, Lakeview).

Congressman Walden represents the Second District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon.  He is a Deputy Whip in the House leadership structure and a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.




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