Oregon Department of Forestry, politics, Salem

Oregon Senate Bill 868 would strip Board of Forestry of power to appoint state forester

Peter Daugherty (center) during a Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency meeting on August 4, 2017 in Grand Ronde. Photo: Chas Hundley

A bill introduced in the Oregon Senate on Wednesday, May 19 by a bipartisan group of senators would strip the Oregon Board of Forestry of their statutory power to appoint Oregon’s state forester, reducing their role to that of an advisory one in the matter. The Oregon Senate would still have to confirm any appointment by the governor.

Listed as chief sponsors of the bill were state senators Kathleen Taylor (D-Milwaukie), Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), and Jeff Golden (D-Ashland). Joining as regular sponsors were Lynn Findley (R-Vale), Tim Knopp (R-Bend), and Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-NW Portland/Beaverton . . .

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