Governor Earl Snell: An Environmental Legacy

nell was vitally interested in Oregon's forests and the problems facing the state in managing forest lands, including the effects of the 1933 Tillamook Burn, which devastated 240,000 acres. He charged a Special Forestry Committee with the responsibility of making a complete survey and analysis of Oregon's forestry program, with particular emphasis on the Tillamook burn, fire prevention, and reforestation. The lumber industry consistently occupied first or second place in the commercial activities of the state's economy and Oregon's forestry laws and policies were recognized as outstanding in the nation.

The Keep Oregon Green committee, established in 1940, continued to serve as the Oregon Forestry Department's de facto publicity agency for forest fire safety and prevention.

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