Oregon Governor Provides Update on Memorandum of Understanding Between Parties Committed to Forest Health

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has provided an update on the historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) she brokered back in February between 12 timber and forest products companies, the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, and 13 environmental and fisheries organizations to amend Oregon forest practices is moving forward. The MOU, according to Brown, will create a future for Oregon with healthy forests, abundant salmon, trout, and wildlife, and a flourishing forestry industry––all made possible by sound science. Brown noted that in spite of the impacts of a devastating wildfire season and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic all sides have remained committed to the process. To that end, Brown announced that all parties have taken a major step forward this month by appointing experienced mediator Peter Koehler, Jr., to facilitate the dialogue, expected to begin in early 2021.

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Gov. Brown announces next steps in historic agreement between timber and forest product, environmental and fisheries groups