If you live in Southern Oregon, join EarthFix Journalist Amelia Templeton on SOPTV Tuesday at 8 p.m., when she will host the hour-long live program, “Local Focus: Dollars and Trees.”
If you don’t live in the area you can still catch the program by coming back to EarthFix next week for excerpts from the show, as well as to share your thoughts about the conversation and the future of Northwest forests and the communities most connected to them.
“Dollars and Trees” airs as Oregon Counties are preparing to receive their last payments this year under the expiring Secure Rural Schools Act. Local schools and roads are losing funding. A dozen counties could go bankrupt.
Timber receipts could make up some of the loss, and a trio of elected officials has proposed creating a timber trust using Bureau of Land Management land. Local Focus will ask policy-makers: should logging increase on federal forests? Can timber revenue save the counties? And at what cost to wildlife and clean water?
Panelists will include:
Richard Whitman, Natural Resource Advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber
Doug Heiken, Conservation Director, Oregon Wild
Dennis “C.W.” Smith, Jackson County Commissioner
Jennifer Phillipi, President, Rough and Ready Lumber Co
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