Sunday, January 17, 2016

Meetings and Background Info Re: New Federal Land Management Restrictions, Additions and Proposals

Facebook makes it so hard to find stuff later, when you post as often as I do.  This is my attempt to be able to find some articles later on.

I love to write and do research, but there is so much going on right now that I don't have time to write my own articles for the most part. I am giving you guys as much info as I can with news reports of other people's work so that you can become informed in the subjects that interest you. 

I haven't researched this deal very much yet, but in July 2015 the U.S. House of Rep. passed Greg Walden's bill to prevent new national monuments and creating new wilderness designations that would lock up millions of acres of land, and taking away property rights of current landowners. For example, in the case of Crater Lake, the federal government wants to vastly expand the wilderness area, which some say could make it so that Diamond Lake Resort would have to close down. 

Then, the issue came up again for the Ochoco Mountains National Wilderness, challenged by a group called Oregon Wild last fall. A few more meetings/hearings were held. I'm not sure that everybody in the Crooked River Ranch and Prineville area were aware of the meetings.. Last week, a final meeting was held, and the meeting location was changed to a smaller space at the last minute, leaving people not able to get in to speak. Many of those who did speak were very angry. Crook County Judge McCabe did a short video apologizing for the poor communication. 

So now, Greg Walden, is holding four meetings over the next few days to talk with people about this issue. 

In addition, lawyer KrisAnne Hall is holding two meetings in Burns at the fairgrounds, on Monday and Tuesday. She will also be in Prineville in April. 

So, for now,  I'll just post a bunch of  news links below for easier reference in the future.

Greg Walden
Greg Walden is headed to Central Oregon to meet with local residents concerned about new federal land management restrictions
BEND—Next week, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will meet with Central Oregon residents who are very concerned about new federal land management restrictions in Deschutes and Crook counties. First, Walden will meet with Crooked River Ranch residents worried about increased fire risk due to new restrictions. Later, Walden will head to Prineville wheremany residents and forest access groups are opposed to a plan to create about 30,000 acres of new wilderness in the Ochoco National Forest. Walden has been a strong advocate of ensuring that local residents have a voice in how area federal lands are managed.
Walden will also participate in a roundtable discussion in Redmond with Mayor George Endicott and community leaders, as well as speak to a civics class at Bend Senior High School. Later on Tuesday, Walden will head to Medford and Grants Pass. A full schedule of events for Southern Oregon will be announced soon.
Monday, January 18, 2016
What: Wilderness and fire risk meeting with Crooked River Ranch residents
When: 11:00 am
Where: Crooked River Ranch Fire Station, 6971 SW Shad Road, Terrebonne

What: Ochoco Forest wilderness meeting
When: 1:30 pm
Where: Room 1868, 152 NW 4th St., Prineville

What: Roundtable with Mayor George Endicott
When: 3:30 pm
Where: Redmond Airport, 2522 SE Jesse Butler Circle, Redmond

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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