[Local events] OSPIRG Urgent Alert -- Act to Protect Oregon!

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Tue Feb 20 22:48:02 PST 2007


Oregon is facing an unprecedented land grab that voters never intended 
when ballot measure 37 passed.

Out-of-state timber companies are rushing to develop tens of thousands 
of acres of forestlands on the Oregon Coast, and subdivisions are 
proposed everywhere from the Willamette Valley's wine country to Hood 
River's famous orchards.

The Legislature is currently considering proposals to address this 
problem and they could act as early as this week!

Please join us in calling on your legislators to act immediately to stop 
the harmful development that is threatening the Oregon we know and love.

Click here or paste this link into your browser to send an email to your 
state legislators:

http://pirg.org/alerts/route.asp?id=510&id4=ES


And please forward this email to your friends and family so the 
Legislature hears from as many Oregonians as possible.

BACKGROUND

Oregon's landscape is facing unprecedented threats. From the Coast to 
Hood River, from the Willamette Valley to the Wallowas, timber companies 
and developers want to turn hundreds of thousands of acres of farms, 
forestlands, and open space into subdivisions and industrial developments.

Oregon's land use planning laws have, for thirty years, been a national 
model of effectiveness in protecting our landscape. So how did this happen?

In 2004, Oregonians were told that ballot measure 37 would correct 
unfair aspects of land use planning and let individual land-owners in 
rural areas build a home for their family when rural zoning rules didn't 
allow it. But measure 37, bankrolled by big timber companies, has shown 
a dark side voters never intended.

Developers, timber companies, and other large corporate land-owners have 
rushed to file development claims on 500,000 acres in Oregon. Plum Creek 
Timber Company, an out-of-state company, is attempting to turn 32,000 
acres of coastal forests into subdivisions. Claims have been filed on 
more than 10,000 acres in Hood River County -- an area 8 times the size 
of the city of Hood River.

The good news is that, as more and more Oregonians who voted for Measure 
37 are saying they are now against it, the Oregon Legislature is 
stepping up and considering efforts to rein in the law. The 
Legislature's Special Committee on Land Use Fairness is holding hearings 
twice a week and could start acting on legislation as early as this week.

Please take a second right now to join us in calling on your legislators 
to act immediately to stop the harmful development that is threatening 
the Oregon we know and love.

Click here or paste this link into your browser to send an email to your 
state legislators:

http://pirg.org/alerts/route.asp?id=510&id4=ES

And please forward this email to your friends and family so the 
Legislature hears from as many Oregonians as possible.


Sincerely,

Maureen Kirk
OSPIRG Executive Director
MaureenK at ospirg.org
http://www.OSPIRG.org

P.S. Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to share this 
e-mail with your family and friends.





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