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Listen up, friends. This is important.
As Oregon continues to endure the worst wildfire season in history, many of us are wondering what steps we can take to save our communities and forests.
You may be unaware that Governor Kate Brown assembled a nonpartisan Council on Wildfire Response in January 2019 to address the state’s burgeoning wildfire risks and skyrocketing costs. Maddeningly, bills introduced from both sides of the aisle to act upon some of the 37 recommendations made in the commission’s report, summarized here, died in state legislature due to partisan politics.
To quote The Oregonian, “The major selling point of the council’s recommendations was that the state can save money, forestland, lives and communities in the long run by making investments and sensible policy changes now.”
The threat of wildfires in Oregon is now on par with that of a major seismic event. Scientists have known for decades how to reduce their effects. We can take action to change this by writing to our legislators now.
Please click this link to obtain the email address of the senator and representative for your district, then personalize the letter linked to below, and send it to your legislators. Choose your format:
You can copy and paste the Google doc content into your email. Let me know if you need the letter in another format.
Phone calls are even more effective than email. Call your representatives at the contact number provided, using the letter as guidance.
Also, please note that two key forestry bills died when Republicans lawmakers walked out of the capitol in early March. Contact ALL OREGON REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS to hold them responsible for this failure to legislate! Here’s their contact info. You can also tweet at them at @ORSenateRs and @OregonHouseGOP.
📷 eberhard grossgasteiger @ pexels