The agreement, negotiated by the governor`s office, met in four meetings that took place in just two weeks, according to one participant. There is no guarantee that the legislation will be passed or that the discussions will be successful. But the agreement is a step towards resolving conflicts over logging rules that have been going on for decades and soon in the November vote on the Forest, Legislative and Court Board. Signatories included timber companies such as Weyerhaeuser, Hampton Lumber and Roseburg Forest Products, as well as environmental groups such as the Oregon Wild, Wild Salmon Center and Beyond Toxics. Today, Governor Kate Brown announced that representatives of the timber industry and conservation groups have agreed to jointly implement new forest reforms in Oregon. The agreement includes new pesticide spraying rules, new protections for streams in the Rogue Siskiyou region of southwestern Oregon, and a new framework for the development of comprehensive protection for salmon and other threatened aquatic species throughout the state. Below is a core donor on the strengths and key issues of the Pact. On behalf of the forest industry coalition, Greg Miller, a former Weyerhaeuser spokesman, said the agreement would increase environmental benefits and create security for the economy. You will notice that I used the word “sustainable.” We will never have the mills or the wood harvest that we had just because there are fewer wooded areas where we can harvest, among other things. Privately owned sofs have been largely sold and subdivided for rural residential construction. Today`s population also discovered outdoor rest in a way that was not available (ATV, etc.) and as a result demanded more land for these activities. And finally, with global warming, the world, with its ever-growing population, is looking at forests and other natural areas to mitigate the effects. Any industry must adapt to the times or perish, and the wood industry is no exception.
In an agreement announced on Monday, conservation groups agreed to abandon a series of voting measures aimed, among other things, at strengthening the protection of forest water and limiting aerial spraying of pesticides. “This agreement is only the first step in a long journey,” Stevens said. “The preservation of Oregon`s forests and the communities around them that rely on them is not guaranteed at the end of this process.” Under the new agreement, both parties “would take a stop to the continuation of the amendments through the initiative process, related legal actions and certain other relevant legislative and regulatory procedures, while the facilitated process works.” “With this agreement, both parties have agreed that all forest initiative applications and related disputes will be abandoned after the legislation is passed at this meeting,” he said. This agreement is a common recognition of the multiple benefits that Oregon`s forests offer and the need for a more judicious dialogue on forest issues across the state,” said Greg Miller, long-time wood industry board and representative of the Forest Enterprise Coalition.