Government, logging, Salem

Legislative news brief: Fight shaping up for Oregon timber industry in 2021 Oregon Legislative Assembly

The Gales Creek Overlook in the Tillamook State Forest. File photo: Chas Hundley//Banks Post

A slew of bills in committees at the Oregon Legislature could reverse tax cuts for harvested timber that have been on the books for scores of years, and that observers say has kept nine counties in Oregon's timber-heavy regions from receiving more than $3 billion since 1990.

If passed, the bills also would toss out the timber industry’s commodity commission, which has been accused of illegally acting as a lobby firm, the

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