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.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with U.S. Representative Val Hoyle today reintroduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the U.S. Forest Service’s Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS) through 2026. “Two decades ago, I recognized the need for federal support for rural forested
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced Oregon will receive more than $4.3 million from the Department of the Interior to support future outdoor recreation and conservation projects. The Land and Water Conservation Fundsupports increased access to and protection for federal public lands and waters —
MERKLEY AND U.S. INTERIOR SECRETARY HAALAND TOUR OREGON TO HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS ON PUBLIC LANDS
Monday, March 20, 2023 Medford, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley welcomed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to Oregon to tour historic investments the Department is making to bolster wildfire resilience, the outdoor recreation economy, and the Klamath Basin. Merkley serves as Chair of the Senate Interior
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the Port of Brookings Harbor and the Oregon Department of Forestry will be receiving $5,417,255 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster recovery efforts through its Public Assistance Program. “Oregon’s
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (LCEP) will be receiving $1,818,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for habitat restoration and conservation through the National Estuary Program. “Climate chaos and human actions are threatening to lead
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing over $40 million in new funding in Fiscal Year 2023 for key high-risk landscapes in Oregon—including $4,500,000 for the Mount Hood National Forest, $35,400,000 for the Klamath River Basin,