Farm Bureau legislative report
On Friday, the Subcommittee on Capital Construction heard a bill that would, among other things, authorize the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to use federal money to acquire 10,000 acres of ranchland in Wasco County and open it up for public recreational access. ODFW is seeking to acquire this land without asking for any additional funds to support its management and ensure that it is a good neighbor to the several ranchers and farmers adjacent to the area. Farm Bureau opposes any increase in public lands and has been working with a coalition of local landowners who are opposed to this acquisition. Farm Bureau urges you to write your legislators and members of the Subcommittee on Capital Construction and let them know that Oregon has enough public lands, and that it should not authorize the acquisition of any additional lands, particularly without the funds to manage them.