At 53%, a majority of Oregon is federal lands. A bipartisan poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies found that 68% of Oregonians believe that these lands belong to all Americans, not just the state. Also, 65% do not believe it is fair or fiscally possible for Oregonian taxpayers to pay for the management of these lands.
Despite widespread support among Oregonians to keep the lands public, the Oregon legislature considered SJM 10 in 2013, which would have endorsed the transfer of 1.6 m acres of BLM forest land in Western Oregon to a “logging trust” to generate revenue for cash-strapped counties. It did not pass.
2015 Public Lands Legislation
- Senate Joint Memorial 7: Urging President and Congress to transfer federal lands within Oregon to State of Oregon
- House Bill 3444: Transfer of Public Lands Act
- House Joint Memorial 13: Urges President and Congress to transfer title of certain federal public lands to State of Oregon
- House Bill 3240: Relating to federal lands; declaring an emergency