Testimony of John A. Charles, Jr.Before the Oregon State Land BoardRegarding The Elliott State ForestDecember 8, 2009

John A. Charles, Jr.Cascade Commentary

My name is John Charles, and I am President of Cascade Policy Institute. I am here to urge the Board to sell or lease the Elliott State Forest.

Read the entire testimony and the analysis, Future mangement of the Elliott State Forest, Providing Adequate Returns for Oregon’s Schools.

Counties Should Rezone Rural Land

Karla Kay EdwardsCascade Commentary

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Summary: HB 2229 will allow counties throughout the state to take a fresh look at their designation of agriculture and forestry lands. Before that happens, there needs to be further consideration of all the elements needed for commercial agriculture and forestry to be viable. Soil type is not the only thing upon which to base a land designation.

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$80,000 to Live on Your Own Farm?

Karla Kay EdwardsQuickPoint!

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Oregon is a leader in the “buy local food” movement, and buying fresh produce from local farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) could become an even stronger trend in our state. People not only want to know where their food is coming from, but they also like the fact that they are supporting the local rural economy.

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Where is Oregon among the 50 Bright Stars?

Christina Martin

To celebrate Constitution Day, Cascade Policy Institute is posting the results of the Goldwater Institute’s report comparing the strength of each state’s constitution to protect freedom and secure limited government. A strong constitution is vital to preserve freedom; however, alone it is not enough. Accordingly, the report also provides a supplemental assessment of each state’s political and judicial culture.

Where did Oregon rank? Comfortably in the middle, with a very low score for poor protections of property rights and a high score for free speech.  Read more about Oregon’s ranking in 50 Bright Stars: An Assessment of Each State’s Constitutional Commitment to Limited Government.

“Undesignated” Lands Can Meet Unforeseen Needs

Karla EdwardsQuickPoint!

Metro, along with Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, is nearing the end of a complicated planning process to designate urban and rural reserves for the next fifty years. But how do counties who have been struggling with identifying areas for growth and preservation over the next fifty years make an educated decision?

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Timber Jobs: Jeopardy or Opportunity?

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karla kay edwardsQuickPoint!

In today’s economy everyone is looking for ways to create jobs and increase revenues. That includes Senator Ron Wyden, who has drafted the Oregon Forest Restoration and Old Growth Protection Act, which would manage Oregon’s federally owned forests tree by tree instead of as a sustainable landscape. Though his goal to improve forest health while providing jobs in our rural communities is well intentioned, it will only create more bureaucracy while jeopardizing forest health and our rural communities’ livelihoods.

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Regarding Management of the Elliott State Forest

John A. Charles, Jr.

Testimony of John A. Charles, Jr.
President & CEO

Regarding Management of the Elliott State Forest
January 26, 2009

The Oregon Constitution requires that Common School Trust Lands be managed for maximum revenue over the long term in order to support K-12 schools. In 1992 Oregon Attorney General Charles Crookham reviewed this mandate and wrote, “Non-economic factors maybe considered only if they do not adversely affect the potential financial contribution to the Common School Fund.”

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