Tag Archives: Federal Government

Feds Investigate Oregon Company’s African Rainforest Hardwood Products

Roseburg Forest Products, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of particleboard and plywood, has ended production and sales of certain lumber products in the midst of a federal investigation into whether the wood came from the illegal logging of African rainforests. Source: Feds Investigate Oregon Company’s African Rainforest Hardwood Products . News | OPB

US eases land restrictions meant to protect bird in West

State Library Ed. Note: Story contains quote from Gov. Kate Brown. The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will […]
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Trump signs protections for Oregon public lands

President Donald Trump signed into law a sweeping public lands package that passed the US House and Senate in February. Included in the nation-wide legislation is the Oregon Wildlands Act, the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area Designation Act, the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and many other public […]
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Trump signs bill protecting Crooked River Ranch from fire

New law allows forest managers to thin trees near the edge of the ranch. A wide-ranging public lands bill signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump includes a provision that would protect Crooked River Ranch from wildfire risks. The new law combines more than 100 separate bills, including one sponsored by Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood […]
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How to ensure we have a more open, accountable government

Congress must strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. This week is Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of the right of historians, journalists and all Americans to access government information. Perhaps the most important tool enabling Americans to ensure that their government is open and, therefore, accountable, is the Freedom of Information Act, a 52-year-old law […]
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President Trump Enacts Sweeping Public Lands Protections With His Signature

A wide-ranging bill that creates new public lands and rivers protections and provides money for volcano research and monitoring in the Northwest was signed into law Tuesday by President Trump. For Oregon, the signature provision is the designation of a new Devil’s Staircase Wilderness area in a rugged section of the southern coastal mountains. Source: President Trump Enacts […]
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Trump signs major public lands, conservation bill

President Donald Trump has signed a wide-ranging public lands bill that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks. The legislation enacted Tuesday also permanently adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and reauthorizes the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects nationwide. It’s the largest public […]
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States are failing on vaccinations. The federal government must lead.

In the year 2000, the United States essentially claimed victory against childhood diseases, eliminating measles and making the prevalence of other childhood diseases, such as mumps, extremely rare. Today, we are losing. Eleven states have reported measles cases, and a checkerboard of communities across the United States lack the necessary vaccine coverage needed to maintain […]
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How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich

The federal government spends billions of dollars each year helping communities rebuild after disasters and to prevent future damage. But that money isn’t always allocated to those who need it most. If they had known, they never would have bought the house on Bayou Glen Road. Sure, it was a beautiful lot, tucked in a […]
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Under New Public Lands Conservation Package, Oregon Would Have Most Miles of Protected Rivers of Any U.S. State

The federal lands package was approved by the U.S. House and Senate and now awaits President Trump’s signature. On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the largest public lands conservation in bill in a decade. The bill, which passed through the U.S. Senate earlier this month, designates 1.3 million acres of land in Oregon, […]
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