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Lawmakers are considering re-imposing a 5% severance tax on the value of harvested timber to replace the existing forest products privilege tax, which is currently 90 cents per thousand board-feet.
To watch the nightly news showing long lines of drivers accepting food handouts because their families are hungry is depressing. To know the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is spending $50 million of taxpayers' money to feed 50,000 wild (feral) horses being held in corrals is disgusting. In addition to these animals, the BLM is allowing at least 60,000 more animals to destroy the range because they are exceeding the Appropriate Management Level (AML) mandated by the Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act (WFRHBA). The AML has been established to be 26,700 animals.
The latest wolf article should have a broader viewpoint. Here is a perspective from the cattle industry.
The vast majority of consumers — 92% — expects the pandemic will change this year’s Christmas celebrations, according to a survey commissioned by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board.
At this writing fires still rage throughout the Pacific Northwest and it’s too soon to assess the extent of the damage to forestland across the region.
The navigation lock at Lower Monumental Lock and Dam will be closed during daylight hours for emergency repairs Aug. 31 through Sept. 16. Wheat industry members expect slight delays during a bumper crop. but don't expect any impacts.
The Lower Monumental Dam will be closed part of the day for repairs.
Leaders of Oregon’s rural counties are right to be worried by the state’s emerging Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan. It has the potential to further shrink the amount of timber available to make lumber, plywood and other wood building materials, costing more good-paying jobs and local tax revenue.