OSWA 2014 Legislative Priorities

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (GAC):

OSWA has a Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) who advises the Board on Legislative Priorities. During the legislative sessions the GAC holds by-monthly conference calls and the GAC and interested members receive Legislative Updates via email on issues of interest to OSWA. Rick Barnes is the chair of the GAC.

LOBBYIST:

Roger Beyer, a small woodland owner from Clackamas County and a past state senator, is OSWA's lobbyist for the 2015 Legislative Session.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES:

Special update reports are made available throughout the legislative session. For most recent Legislative Updates and upcoming events, click here.

PRIORITIES

At OSWA’s September 2014 Board meeting, the board approved OSWA's 2015 Legislative Priorities. The 2015 Legislative Session is a full session that will focus on State agency budgets and the ever increasing demand for school funding. With two consecutive high cost fire seasons, the issue of how to pay for fighting fires in Oregon will be an issue to watch. OSWA’s strategy will be to protect the funding we successfully lobbied for in 2013 and oppose unfair tax increases including any attempt to have landowners pay a larger portion of firefighting costs.

Consistent with past sessions OSWA will:

  1. Support legislation proposed by Oregon Forest Industries Council and other Natural resource partners when consistent with OSWA policies
  2. Secure adequate funding for OSU Forestry Extension and Oregon Department of Forestry
  3. Monitor all proposed legislation with potential to impact woodland owners in Oregon

Through collaboration with allied organizations, OSWA has had success in protecting the interests of small woodland owners.


Previous Years' Priority & Legislative Session Reports

OSWA actively participates in each legislative session with a full time lobbyist to address issues important to small woodland owners. Roger Beyer, a small woodland owner from Clackamas County and a past state senator, was OSWA's' lobbyist for the 2012 Legislative Session. Roger provided reports throughout the legislative process. Go to the following links to see his report:

Oregon Legislative Update for OSWA Members, February 15th 2011


OSWA's Wildfire Reduction Act Bill

Reduces limit on forest patrol assessment rates for lands located east of summit of Cascade Mountains and certain other areas. Please read the entire Wildfire Reduction Act bill for more information. OSWA appreciates your support.


Each Legislative Session, OSWA activates a Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to assist OSWA's' leadership and lobbyist in addressing issues important to OSWA members. Executive Committee member, Scott Hayes, is chairman of the GAC.

Also during Legislative Sessions, OSWA regularly emails out Legislative Updates. Members interested in participating in the GAC or receiving Legislative Updates may contact Jim James or Jen Rains.

Mailing Address

Oregon Small Woodlands Association
187 High Street NE, Suite 208
Salem, OR 97301

Telephone & Fax

 (503) 588-1813
 (503) 588-1970