SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

January 31, 2003                                                                                                     Hearing Room B

8:30 A.M.                                                                                                                       Tapes 9 - 10

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Frank Shields, Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer, Vice-Chair

Sen. Tony Corcoran

Sen. Bill Fisher

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Judith Callens, Committee Administrator

Megan Jensen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           Informational Meeting

Invited testimony from agricultural and natural resources organizations

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

Tape 9, A

004

Chair Shields

Calls the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

030

Liz Frankel

Oregon League of Women Voters. Gives overview of the Oregon League of Women Voters legislative concerns.

080

Phil Donovan

NW Sportfishing Industry Association; Guides and Packers Association. Discusses legislative concerns:

  • Public land and water regulations
  • SB 99 relating to shellfish harvesting
  • Oregon hatchery monetary backlog issues
  • Management of predators for hunting outfitters

132

Les Helgeson

Native Fish Society. Gives overview of Native Fish Society legislative concerns (EXHIBIT A):

  • Land policies issues
  • HB 2260
  • Shellfish licensing issues

235

Dan Wells

Oregon Association of Nurserymen. Gives overview of Oregon Association of Nurserymen legislative concerns:

  • Farm and labor relations
  • Transportation permit issues for farm trucks
  • Pesticide reporting
  • Water issues

295

Marjorie Ehry

Oregon State Beekeepers Association/Oregon Women for Agriculture. Gives testimony on retaining funding for the Applied Pollination Biologist/Apicultural Extension Specialist position at Oregon State University (OSU) (EXHIBIT B).

359

Sen. Fisher

Inquires if there is a trained beekeeper professor at OSU.

368

Ehry

Responds.

395

Sheldon Pratt

Oregon Dairy Products Commission (ODPC) Administrator. Gives overview of ODPC (EXHIBIT C) and discusses ODPC campaigns.

TAPE 10, B

005

Pratt

Continues overview of ODPC campaigns and programs:

  • Nutrition education programs and materials
  • Childhood obesity campaign
  • Oregon School Activities Association partners

070

Pratt

Continues discussion of ODPC goals:

  • Fund research and academic programs at OSU
  • Provide school milk service and milk vending machines
  • Provide fundraising for charities

135

John Ledger

Associated Oregon Industries (AOI).  Gives overview of AOI:

  • Air quality standards and emission trends in Oregon
  • DEQ Stream Index trends and dissolved oxygen levels

200

Ledger

Discusses industry standards and DEQ permitting fee rate increases.

308

Hilary Abraham

Nature Conservancy. Gives overview of the Nature Conservancy (EXHIBIT D). Summarizes legislative concerns, including securing stable funding for noxious weed removal and continuing the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board program.

400

Abraham

Discusses the Forest Legacy Program, which works in partnership with states to provide opportunities for private landowners and local communities to conserve forestlands.

TAPE 9, B

040

Ralph Saperstein

Boise Cascade.  Gives overview of Boise Cascade forest management policies (EXHIBIT E). Discusses the Timbered Rock Fire and the need to improve federal management of forestlands and firefighting policies to protect privately owned lands from forest fires.

090

Saperstein

Continues discussion of Timbered Rock Fire of 2002.

123

Sen. Beyer

Asks where the fire started.

124

Saperstein

Responds. Continues discussion of the Timbered Rock Fire.

180

Saperstein

Suggests that the US Forest Service’s management of the Timbered Rock Fire provides key lessons about the need to reorganize its fire prevention strategies. Discusses alternatives in reforestation issues.

230

Saperstein

Discusses Oregon Forest Industries Council goals.

257

Sen. Beyer

Asks about figures quoted for value of 20 year old timber.

260

Russ McKinley

Boise Cascade. Responds.

265

Sen. Beyer

Asks if Boise Cascade applied for financial assistance to rehabilitate forest lands.

273

McKinley

Responds.

284

Sen. Beyer

Comments that private timber land owners lost value and had to replant  and repair at their own expense.

295

Chair Shields

Comments that losing timber lands to forest fires can be avoided.

307

Scott Ashcom

Oregon Agricultural Alliance. Gives overview of Oregon Agricultural Alliance and legislative policy issues:

  • Budget and fee increases
  • Pesticide use reporting system
  • Land use planning issues relating to farming
  • Farm labor relations legislation

380

Ashcom

Continues overview.

430

Steven Kafoury

Wildlife Society. Gives overview of Wildlife Society legislative goals.

TAPE 10, B

035

Barry Bushue

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) President. Gives overview of OFB legislative issues, including the viability of the agricultural industry in the state and the state budget for natural resources.

070

Jean Underhill Wilkenson

OFB. Continues discussion of OFB legislative agenda (EXHIBIT F).

125

Edward Johnston

Lincoln County resident. Testifies on land use policies and permit fee increases for ODFW.

156

Chair Shields

Closes informational meeting and adjourns committee meeting at 10:07 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Native Fish, written testimony, L. Helgeson, 7 pp

B – Agriculture, written testimony, M. Ehry, 1 p

C – Agriculture, brochures, S. Pratt, 40 pp

D – Agriculture, written testimony, H. Abraham, 4 pp

E – Forestry, written testimony, R. Saperstein, 29 pp

F – Agriculture, written testimony, J. Wilkenson, 5 pp