Rachael McDonald

The northwest is famous for political activism-- WTO protests, tree-sits, Occupy… When activists get arrested, there's a law firm in Eugene that might represent them for no little or no money. Lauren Regan's Civil Liberties Defense Center celebrates its tenth year at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference this weekend.

Rachael McDonald

Friday, November 15, 2013
Air date: Monday, November 18, 2013

Debate over the definitions of prescribed uses of the O&C forestlands has been going on since the late 1980s. Despite years of discussion, agreement about how much relative weight should be given each use remains unsettled. The debate has recently flared anew as revenues from O&C timber harvests shrink and Congressional programs to replace those revenues have proved unreliable, insufficient, and likely soon-to-be nonexistent.


The Bureau of Land Management is in the scoping stages of a proposed logging project east of Eugene near the town of Vida.

Rachael McDonald

The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill to sharply increase logging in national forests. It includes a plan drafted by members of Oregon's congressional delegation to raise money for beleaguered counties.

The O & C Bill sets aside about million acres of Oregon's public land for preservation. Another million or so would be managed under the state forest practices act. Timber harvest revenue would help counties like Lane. Sid Leiken is Chair of the Lane County Board of Commissioners.

Rachael McDonald

White house budget officials say they will advise the president to veto a logging bill the House is discussing this week.

Lawmakers from the Northwest introduced the controversial bill.

Washington representative Doc Hastings wrote half of it. His part of creates a logging quota in each national forest.

Oregon house members wrote the other half. Their section would sign over about a million acres of forests in Western Oregon to a logging trust managed by the state.

Devil's Staircase
Rachael McDonald

Oregon's coast range forests are a patchwork of private, state and federal land, much of it heavily logged for the past century. One pocket of old growth forest southwest of Eugene has avoided the chainsaws, mainly because of its steep terrain. There's a bill in congress to designate the 30-thousand acre tract as Wilderness. KLCC's Rachael McDonald took a guided hike to the secluded Devil's Staircase.
Our journey begins at the end of a logging road about 10 miles northeast of Reedsport.
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