ACTION ALERT! Keep Eastern Oregon Included in Oregon's Land Use System!

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 9:30am

We need your help today to stop a bill that threatens the core of Oregon’s land use program.  SB 432, and the various revisions to it that have been proposed, would remove Oregon’s land use planning protections from all or most of eastern Oregon.  

Please contact your Senator today, and ask them to say “no” to SB 432.  Bills are moving fast – so please act today!

While the intent behind the bill appears to be to increase opportunities for economic development in eastern Oregon, SB 432 is much more likely to have the exact opposite effect on the economic health of the region:

  • It will harm the area’s #1 industry, agriculture
  • It will create both uncertainty and inconsistency it what type development will be allowed
  • It will harm the natural amenities that support other, growing industries in eastern Oregon.
  • And, it will weaken the years of effort the State of Oregon, eastern Oregon counties, and a broad array of stakeholders invested in the state sage-grouse conservation plan to prevent further decline of the species and the potential for an endangered species listing.

Eastern Oregon does not need a bill that threatens its top industry – farming. The #1 agricultural product in Oregon is cattle and calves, which are largely produced in eastern Oregon.  Of Oregon‘s top 20 agricultural products, many are grown primarily in eastern Oregon, including hay, wheat, potatoes, onions, and mint.  Southeastern Oregon has almost 3,000 farms, producing a market value of over $715 million and generating many times that amount in related local jobs and businesses.  Northeastern Oregon has 2,547 farms, including 230,000 acres of irrigated land.  This farm and ranch land produces a market value of over $248 million, which multiplies many times over in the agricultural-related local businesses and workers that prosper because of the agricultural industry.

SB 432 puts at risk the land base needed for the leading industry in most, if not all, these counties, for no reason other than speculation that something might replace it.

There are more effective solutions for growing and diversifying the eastern Oregon economy, including investment in: value-added production; research & development of new products; growing local businesses related to the region’s assets, such as recreation and tourism; and investing in diverse types of infrastructure, including roads, high-speed internet service, and improved air access.

Please contact your Senator today, asking them to say 'NO' to SB 432.

Read our stakeholder opposition letter here