Take Action for BLM Lands
Representatives Greg Walden, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader recently released a Discussion Draft of the O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act. The bill would remove federal environmental protections from about 1.5 million acres of BLM and Forest Service lands in western Oregon and place these lands in a fiduciary trust. The fiduciary trust will be charged with producing “maximum annual sustained revenues” from these federal lands in order to fund rural county governments. These forests would be managed much the same way industrial private timberlands in Oregon are managed.
Below are some talking points you may want to pull from when writing your letter. We recommend pulling out a few points and expanding on your values and concerns in a unique letter.