Oregon wilderness, wildfire bills blocked, vote delayed until January

Photo: Bureau of Land Management (CC BY 2.0)

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and other Western senators negotiated a bipartisan package of 120 public lands bills in hopes of attaching it to a “must-pass” resolution funding the federal government likely headed to President Trump.

But the package was halted when Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) objected and effectively stonewalled the process.

Now, the Senate will vote on the package, which includes legislation honoring the Frank and Jeanne Moore. The Wild Steelhead Special Management Area Designation would “designates nearly 100,000 acres of Forest Service land north of the North Umpqua River as the ‘Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area’ and ensures the river, and the surrounding area, will protect steelhead habitat and preserve recreation opportunities for generations to come.

The Senate will vote on the package, which includes reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as other Oregon conservation measures when Congress returns in January.

LINK (via: Statesman Journal)

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