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2020 Resolution # 2 Citizen Driven Initiatives That Would Impact Forest Practices and Policy, Circumventing Science and Best Practices

Citizen Driven Initiatives That Would Impact Forest Practices and Policy, Circumventing Science and Best Practices.

A Resolution by The Oregon Logging Conference Opposing citizen driven initiatives that would impact forest practices and policy, circumventing science and best practices.

WHEREAS, Recently submitted citizen ballot initiatives rooted in political agenda would negatively impact years of science based forest practices and related policies

WHEREAS, The proposed ballot initiatives are extreme and severely regulatory

WHEREAS, Forest policy should not be dictated by a citizen initiative nor a citizen legislature

WHEREAS, Oregon’s current forest practices and policies are developed by professionals, based on science, research, best practices and practical, proven application

WHEREAS, The Oregon Forest Practices Act began in 1971 and Oregon became the first state to pass a comprehensive law to regulate forest practices and safeguard water, fish and wildlife habitat, soil and air. The rules of the Oregon Forest Practices Act are continually reviewed and updated to keep pace with the most current scientific research

WHEREAS, In response to listings of salmon species under the federal Endangered  Species Act, Oregon lawmakers joined with landowners in 1997 to create the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. The Oregon Plan will continue to enhance salmon runs, improve water quality and achieve healthy watersheds statewide, through the join efforts of government, landowners and citizen volunteers. The plan is unique for its emphasis on landowners voluntarily exceeding regulations and for its engagement of communities to restore their watersheds

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The Oregon Logging Conference is opposed to initiatives that circumvent the years of science and research based forest management policies and processes.

This resolution will be presented by Casey Roscoe, Senior Vice President of Public Relations at Seneca, where she focuses her efforts on communication, politics, advocacy, and community support. Roscoe is part of a four-person executive team sharing Seneca’s core values and goals of creating pristine productive forests, clear running streams, abundant wildlife, clean air, family-wage jobs, and world class outdoor recreation.

Roscoe worked for Congressman Bob Smith in Washington D.C, and after he retired, worked in media and marketing positions for the Associated Press, Comcast, WDCW-TV, and the Washington Post. After many years in Washington D.C. Roscoe decided it was time to make good on a promise she made to her grandfather, Aaron Jones, when she pledged to come to work for Seneca and bring her skills with her.

Rosoe says she is ecstatic to be working at Seneca and applying her skilled for the benefit of her family’s business as well as the industry as a whole. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Providence College.