Skip to comments.GOP forum: Candidates agree on forest control ( Oregon )
Posted on 03/18/2014 6:08:14 PM PDT by george76
Candidates squaring off in the Republican primary, seeking to unseat Democrat Jeff Merkley in November, all support turning Oregon federal forests over to local ownership.
Jo Rae Perkins, former Linn County GOP Chair, noted 53 percent of Oregon land is owned by the federal government.
This land should not be owned by the federal government. It needs to go back to the state and back into private ownership. Let the people take care of the land, Perkins said. Weve got environmentalists who dont even live in Oregon who want to bring a lawsuit against every timber sale there is. And then we have some lightning strikes and it all goes up in smoke. Whats the point? Were spending billions and billions and billions of dollars every year to fight unnecessary forest fires. Were leaving billions of dollars in taxes out there.
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theres no reason for the feds to own the vast acregae they do at the moment
the states as a tad closer...to actual ownership
Oregon ping, screw the environmentalist whackos!
Why do we need forest control?
Nearly every Oregonian is a socialist expecially when it comes to the trees. They are truly too blind to see.
“Nearly every Oregonian is a socialist”
Some of them are communists.
(and a few are neither)
I am a very conservative Oregonian, who has seen the scourge of poverty, drug addiction and crime caused by the spotted owl hysteria all too closely. Returning the land to private ownership is the best thing we could do.
With more income from forestry, we could be a wonderful place, instead of a hellhole of rural poverty for too many families.
The only even remotely "socialist" idea I have is the land must be sold in such a way that the people of the state retain the right to hunt on it. I do not want the owners of some timber company, or conglomerate, with headquarters in New England telling us we can't hunt deer and elk in their tree garden that they have never seen.
Of course, it would never work even if they did. No local sheriff, who has to stand for re-election every few years, would ever enforce a notice closing the forest to hunting.
**This land should not be owned by the federal government. It needs to go back to the state and back into private ownership. Let the people take care of the land, Perkins said.**
Amen to that!
If you would like more information about Oregon, please FReepmail me. I lost my Oregon list when my computer crashed recently.
Who owns the west
Are you in Klamath? (I am)
We do have an interesting challenge to our Republican Congressman in the form of a tea-party candidate, Dennis Linthicum. Dennis has done a good job stirring up the Klamath County Board of Supervisors with his cut-spending voting.
I am also a very conservative Oregonian, and live in a very poverty stricken rural county. I agree with you. One thing I would like to add is that private timberland owners can use very toxic chemicals that the fedgov is not allowed to use (from what I’ve read, I don’t pretend to know everything) and this is a topic many here are very disturbed about. The fed land may also use some very toxic stuff, I do not know. It’s not just a leftist/envirowacko issue. The crap gets into streams, rivers, and probably groundwater. And when it’s sprayed by helicopter, gets on other peopeles’ property.
There's no "back" here. The land was federal property when it was acquired and organized as a territory and it remained federal property when statehood was granted. It was never private or state owned.
Josephine County, where the sheriff has to close down most of the jail for lack of funds.
Our Sheriff did that, so we got ourselves a new Sheriff. The jail is open again, but it’s not clear how we’re paying for it.
About that, you would be wrong. Carpetbaggers, maybe.
All I was saying is, alas, you are a minority forever there.