Through collaboration with allied organizations, OSWA has had success in protecting the interests of small woodland owners.
OSWA actively participates in each legislative session with a full time lobbyist to address issues important to small woodland owners.
Government Affairs Committee (GAC):
OSWA has a Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) who advises the Board on Legislative Priorities. During the legislative sessions the GAC holds by-monthly conference calls and the GAC and interested members receive Legislative Updates via email on issues of interest to OSWA. Rick Barnes is the chair of the GAC.
Roger Beyer, a small woodland owner from Clackamas County and a past state senator, is OSWA’s lobbyist for the 2018 Legislative Session.
OSWA Legislative Updates:
At OSWA’s September 2017 Board meeting, the board approved OSWA’s 2018 Legislative Priorities. The 2018 Legislative Session is a short session that will focus on modifying state budgets approved in the 2017 session and an effort by the Democrat majority in the legislature to pass a Cap and Trade bill that would collect $700,000,000 from businesses to fund green energy projects. Fire funding will also be an issue in light of the severe fire season experienced in Oregon in 2017.
OSWA 2018 Legislative Priorities
OSWA Board approved September 29, 2017
The focus for 2018 will be:
- Revive the $500,000 omitted in the state 2017/2019 budget for Eastside fire tax relief and getting adequate Sudden Oak Death (SOD) state funding
- Secure adequate general fund for additional large fire costs incurred by the Oregon Department of Forestry
- Support, when consistent with OSWA Policies, legislation proposed by OSWA’s Natural Resource partners
- Monitor all proposed legislation with potential to impact small woodland owners in Oregon
Key OSWA Legislation Priorities:
- Support both new and continuing funding for Oregon Department of Forestry programs which are consistent with OSWA priorities
- Support funding for Oregon State University forestry extension services.
- Support legislation proposed by Oregon Forest & Industries Council (OFIC) and other allies which are consistent with OSWA policies.
- Support issues related to the use of wood products.
- Monitor all water issues.
- Monitor Oregon Department of Revenue forest land taxation proposals.
- Monitor all tax legislation affecting small woodland owners.
- Monitor Oregon Department of Forestry proposals.
- Monitor land use issues impacting all types of resource lands.
- Monitor climate change and carbon proposals.
- Monitor fire chief’s legislation dealing with fire district boundaries.
- Monitor linking inheritance tax in Oregon with federal law.
- Monitor catastrophic fire reforestation assistance proposals.
- Monitor all pesticide legislation.
- Monitor all legislation seeking reimbursement from ODF to other state agencies or local governments.
- Continue working with OFIC, AOL, OTFS, and other Natural Resource partners to assure private forest landowner representation on the Board of Forestry.
- Continue working with ODF and other interest groups on forest fire funding issues and smoke management.
Previous Years’ Priority & Legislative Session Reports
- OSWA’s 2015 Legislative Priorities have been UPDATED! These were approved by Board on September 26, 2014
- Please see our complete 2013 Legislative Priorities.
At OSWA’s September 2014 Board meeting, the board approved OSWA’s 2015 Legislative Priorities. The 2015 Legislative Session is a full session that will focus on State agency budgets and the ever increasing demand for school funding. With two consecutive high cost fire seasons, the issue of how to pay for fighting fires in Oregon will be an issue to watch. OSWA’s strategy will be to protect the funding we successfully lobbied for in 2013 and oppose unfair tax increases including any attempt to have landowners pay a larger portion of firefighting costs.
Roger Beyer, a small woodland owner from Clackamas County and a past state senator, was OSWA’s’ lobbyist for several Legislative Sessions. Roger provided reports throughout the legislative process. Go to the following links to see his reports:
- 2014 Legislative Session Wrap Up by Roger Beyer
- OSWA 2012 Legislative Priorities, Adopted by Board November 15, 2011
- Final Report on 2011 Legislative Session
Oregon Legislative Update for OSWA Members, February 15th 2011
OSWA’s Wildfire Reduction Act Bill
Reduces limit on forest patrol assessment rates for lands located east of summit of Cascade Mountains and certain other areas. Please read the entire Wildfire Reduction Act bill for more information. OSWA appreciates your support.