Campaigns on proposals to increase logging in western Oregon federal forests are ramping up.
The U.S. House plans to take up a bipartisan bill from three Oregon members, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is expected to reveal his proposals for what are known as the O&C lands. The government has managed the forests since a railroad company went bust in the 19th century and lost its land grants.
Since the 1930s, 75 percent of the gross revenues from timber sold on the lands have gone to 18 western Oregon counties. It costs the government more to put the timber up for sale than it makes when the timber is sold.
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