Keeping Oregon’s Forests Healthy

Oregon is known for it’s clear water, natural resources, and clean air. 30 million of Oregon’s 63 million acres are forestland. Oregon has a long history of supporting it’s forests and became the first state to adopt a law governing forest practices and protecting natural resources such as fish, water, air, soil, and wildlife. The Oregon Forest Practices Act contains strict environmental standards that serve our land and natural resources well. SOURCE

Forestry in Oregon provides approximately 57,000 jobs with an annual payroll of $2.1 billion. These are jobs that keep Oregon moving and keep our forests healthy.

Bud Pierce wants to keep Oregon at the forefront of innovation when it comes to using and taking care of our state’s timber resources. Therefore, we need to maintain Oregon’s vast forest lands through proper forest management techniques that will help prevent the severe wildfires Oregonians experienced during this past incredibly dry summer.

Agriculture is an Economic Driver in Oregon

Agriculture in Oregon is booming, and we need to ensure it continues to expand to feed a hungry planet. Currently, ranching or farming makes up about 12% of Oregon jobs—that’s one out of eight. In 2012, Oregon’s agriculture production was at $5.4 billion, second only to forestry as the state’s top economic driver. Unfortunately, small agricultural businesses and farms are being hit hard with new counterproductive labor regulations.

Agriculture makes up 10% of the state’s total sales and 7% of its value-added activity. The majority of Oregon’s produce leaves the state (about 80%), and 40% of its produce leaves the country. Bottom line: this traded sector brings “new money” into the state. SOURCE

Bud Pierce understands Oregon’s agriculture sector is predominately made up of family-run farms and businesses. He wants to ensure that these farms and ranches have a champion in the governor’s office and are able to continue to function as they have for 100 years or more. This means fewer regulations and red tape, and a governor who will say “yes” to this key economic sector and “no” to those who don’t understand or care about Oregon’s rural economies.

BLM and Rural Land Issues

The federal government, through agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), manage over 60 percent of Oregon’s public lands. Unfortunately for Oregon, Uncle Sam has not been a good neighbor to our rural citizens. SOURCE

With advances in technology, it is possible to utilize natural resources for economic gain in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. In fact, by using Oregon’s lumber with emerging new technologies such as cross-laminate timber, we can reduce CO2 emissions while providing jobs and industry to more working Oregonians. At one time, rural Harney County was one of the most prosperous areas in the state because of a natural resources based economy. Today, because of mismanagement by the federal government through agencies such the BLM and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), our rural citizens of Oregon are impoverished and in economic crisis. SOURCE

As an Oregonian, Bud treasures the scenic landscapes and wonderful flora and fauna in our state. Current mismanagement of Oregon’s public lands is failing Oregon, and it is time for change. Local residents are often the best stewards of our land, and government closest to the people is most responsive to the people.

As Governor of Oregon, Bud Pierce will fight to take back our public lands from Federal mismanagement and for more state and local control, including going to court if necessary. Bud Pierce will also work with officials in Federal Government to curb those particularly egregious EPA regulations that harm our economy and local citizens while having inconsequential impact on our environment.