What does Oregon do for money?
As rural counties teeter on bankruptcy, politicians have two ideas: Open up forests for timber cutting *and* ask the feds for more money until they can do it.
It's all in the wake of timber payments that have run out..
The timber payments started about thirty years ago to tide Oregon over when federal restrictions limited logging. Now lawmakers say they want that money to continue until logging starts again. Commissioners from Curry, Coos, Klamath, and Lane County could run out of money by the end of the year, they claim that would result in severe cuts to public safety. Republican congressman Greg Walden joined by democrats Peter Defazio and Kurt Schrader met in grants pass to help find a solution.They're trying to create legislation that would free up public timber lands to help those counties who rely on timber revenue. A long term fix could take years and these four counties need money now. They're hoping to fill the gap by getting temporary funding from washington and by getting lumber mills operating again.