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Jason Conger on Environment

 


Higher timber harvests on public land

Conger criticized Merkley for not jumping into the fight over legislation on the management of the Oregon & California Railroad grant lands in western Oregon.

Merkley has said he's ready to work with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden--who chairs the committee with jurisdiction over federal forest lands--and others on a solution to the O&C issue.

Conger comes from a more rural part of the state and has a record in the Legislature of supporting higher timber harvests on public land. Conger supports a House-passed bill that would put about 1.6 million acres of O&C land into a state-managed trust primarily for timber production. Wyden has introduced a bill with more environmental safeguards that would have lower timber harvest targets

Said Conger in a release: "Sen. Jeff Merkley has not taken a position on any measure to reform O&C forest management or taken any action to effectively reduce joblessness and poverty in the state's forested communities."

Source: The Oregonian coverage of 2014 Oregon Senate race , Dec 5, 2013

Voted NO on prohibiting motorized mining in riverbeds

SB 838: Prohibits Motorized Mining (Bill Passed House, 33-27); Conger voted Nay
    The Legislative Assembly finds that:
  1. Prospecting, small scale mining and recreational mining are part of the unique heritage of Oregon
  2. Prospecting & small scale mining provide economic benefits to Oregon and local communities and support tourism, small businesses and recreational opportunities
  3. Exploration of potential mine sites is necessary to discover the minerals that underlie the surface and inherently involves natural resource disturbance
  4. Mining that uses motorized equipment in the beds and banks of the rivers of Oregon can pose significant risks to Oregon's natural resources, including fish and other wildlife, riparian areas, and water quality
  • A moratorium is imposed until 2021 on mining that uses any form of motorized equipment for the purpose of extracting gold, silver or any other precious metal from placer deposits of the beds or banks of the waters of this state.
    Source: 2013-2014 Oregon Senate & House legislative records , Jul 7, 2013

    Rated 54% by Oregon League of Conservation Voters

    2011 "Positions" rating by Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV)--53%. [Organizational description]:

    "Oregon League of Conservation Voters is the political arm of the environmental movement in Oregon. OLCV is supported by environmentally concerned Oregonians who believe in using the political process to protect Oregon's environment." The organization endorsed the following representatives in that year."

    2011"Positions" rating by Oregon Humane Society-- 80%. [Organizational description]:

    "To foster an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation, and leadership. To care for the homeless, to defend the abused, and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals."

    Source: Vote-Smart organizational ratings , Dec 31, 2011

    Rated 53% by Conservation Voters; 80% by Humane Society

    2011: Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV)--Positions: rated Congers at 53%.

    Organization description: "Oregon League of Conservation Voters is the political arm of the environmental movement in Oregon. OLCV is supported by environmentally concerned Oregonians who believe in using the political process to protect Oregon's environment."

    2011: Oregon Humane Society--Positions: rated Congers at 80%.

    Organization description: "To foster an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals through education, legislation, and leadership. To care for the homeless, to defend the abused, and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals."

    Source: VoteSmart ratings: 2014 Oregon Senate legislative session , Dec 31, 2011

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