Thursday, February 02, 2012
A coalition of environmental groups is proposing a plan to replace federal forest payments to Oregon communities.
The groups called Wednesday for "shared responsibility" in solving the severe budget problems facing 18 rural Oregon counties that are among those that lost federal payments last year. They said the state, federal government and the counties themselves could each provide a third of the estimated $110 million needed annually to sustain services.
"The best we can do is put out reasonable and fair measures for people to consider," said Randi Spivak of the Geos Institute, the plan's principal author. "Let's look forward; let's change the paradigm."
Read more at OregonLive.com.