Natural Resources and Rural Development

The Beaver State was built by Americans who relied on the land for their livelihood. Natural resource industries like farming, forestry, and salmon fishing remain integral to Oregon’s economy today.  Our state has also long been a destination for Americans looking to experience the great outdoors.  Oregon’s protected public lands provide valuable habitats, supply clean water, and generate jobs through sustainable harvests, recreation, and tourism. Preserving our natural resources and making smart decisions about economic development will help spur rural growth and ensure that future generations can enjoy Oregon’s wild places and public lands while putting people to work.

Merkley, Wyden, Hoyle Announce $1 Million for Endangered Species Protections in Oregon 

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Oregon’s U.S. Representative Val Hoyle (OR-04) announced today that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is awarding $1 million for the Oregon Private Forest Accord Aquatic Species Habitat Conservation Plan.  “Endangered species are critical parts of Oregon’s

Wyden, Merkley: Eastern Oregon Regional Airport Receives $150,000 in Federal Aid

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton will receive $150,000 in federal aid for safety improvements. “Eastern Oregon residents and small businesses count on Pendleton’s airport to travel, transport goods and medical supplies, and contribute to their quality

Merkley, Wyden Push for Drought Resiliency Investments for Three Critical Oregon Basins

Senators: “Reclamation should consider all options to address ongoing drought conditions in Oregon” Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are urging the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to prioritize the Klamath, Deschutes, and Rogue River Basins in upcoming federal funding decisions for drought and climate resiliency projects.