Submit testimony here: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Testimony/HAGNR
This bill eliminates Oregon Forest Resources Institute and Oregon Forest Resources Institute Fund and establishes Sound Forestry Practices Subaccount. It transfers Funds in OFRIF to General Fund.
Creates a separate Sound Forestry Practices Subaccount funded by the privilege harvesting tax, and the funds in the Oregon Forest Resources Institute Fund from privilege harvesting taxes will be transferred to the General Fund. It poses the question of proper use of those tax funds that had a specific purpose.
This bill requires the State Forestry Department to develop and apply sound forestry practices to (a) Promote forest health; (b) Incorporate regulation or monitoring of pesticide use in forests; (c) Employ adaptive resource management; and (d) As related to forest management, advance climate science or climate policy.
The primary goal of OFRI is to educate the public about forestry and responsible forest management, and intended as an advocate for the timber industry but may silence the conservative viewpoint and advance climate science or climate policy.