SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

April 18, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

10:00 a.m.                                                                                                                    Tapes  68 - 69

 

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:           HB 3123 Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 595 Public Hearing and Possible Work Session

 

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 68, A

003

Chair Shields

Calls meeting to order at 10:19 a.m. and opens public hearing on HB 3123.

HB 3123 – PUBLIC HEARING

012

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator. Provides overview of HB 3123.

018

Katie Fast

Oregon Cattlemen Association. Provides testimony in support of HB 3123 (EXHIBIT A). States that HB 3123 would give new brand applicants more options for selecting a brand and location and would give some producers more financial benefits by locating the brand on a less intrusive area of the hide.

070

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing and opens work session on HB 3123.

HB 3123 - WORK SESSION

075

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:  Moves HB 3123 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

080

 

VOTE:  4-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

085

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. BEYER will lead discussion on the floor.

Closes work session on HB 3123 and opens public hearing on SB 595.

SB 595 - PUBLIC HEARING

085

Callens

Provides overview of SB 595 and -1 amendments (EXHIBIT B).

100

Sen. Bill Morrisette

District 6 State Senator. Provides testimony in support of SB 595.

160

Roy Wu

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) State Forester. Provides testimony in support of SB 595 (EXHIBIT C). Discusses ODF responses to questions about Oregon participation in the Forest Legacy Program.

168

Chair Shields

Asks if the $30,000 administrative budget is adequate to manage the program.

198

Wu

Replies that the budget is adequate and explains it will require working on priorities with interested parties.

216

Steve Thomas

ODF Assistant State Forester. Adds that the administrative costs should be easy to track.

228

Chair Shields

Asks how ODF will interface with local governments.

234

James Cathcart

ODF. Explains proposed interactions with local governments.

250

Sen. Beyer

Inquires how various requirements of the program will be met within the scope of the $30,000 administrative budget.

286

Cathcart

Addresses each requirement and explains sources of funding necessary above and beyond the $30,000 budget while managing the Forest Legacy Program within fiscal constraints.

365

Cathcart

Continues explanation about the costs of adopting new rules for the management of the Forest Legacy Program.

TAPE 69, A

004

Chair Shields

Suggests the issue needs more analysis.

024

Roy Wu

Offers to do more research on the issue.

040

Chair Shields

Talks about the complications involved with selecting projects.

060

Thomas

Elaborates on the complications of moving projects to the priority list.

077

Chair Shields

Wonders if other states have experienced difficulty administering the Forest Legacy Program under fiscal constraints.

097

Sen. Fisher

Asks how much money has been spent on the Forest Legacy Program to date.

100

Cathcart

Explains that the initial analysis and planning grant was $45,000 and discusses other available funds.

114

Sen. Fisher

Asks about other sources of funding.

132

Chair Shields

Asks for clarification on other sources of funding.

136

Cathcart

Discusses sources of funds for non-federal fund matches required to get the Forest Legacy grant.

172

Sen. Beyer

Asks about the assessment done regarding implementation of the Forest Legacy Program.

178

Cathcart

Explains the process of the assessment.

219

Sen. Beyer

Talks about the goals of the Forest Legacy Program and asserts his belief that the program is not necessary for Oregon. Asks about uses of land in the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) under the program.

265

Cathcart

Acknowledges the importance of the issue and talks about options for uses of UGB lands in the Forest Legacy Program.

215

Sen. Beyer

Expresses concern about the goals of the Forest Legacy Program.

335

Andrea Riner

City of Eugene. Provides testimony in support of SB 595 (EXHIBIT D). Talks about the program protecting resources, open spaces and  recreation in local communities. Believes the administrative costs will partially be taken on by local agencies.

398

Chair Shields

Asks for an estimate on Eugene’s potential administrative costs.

TAPE 68, B

010

Riner

Elaborates on administrative costs.

018

Chair Shields

Inquires if Eugene believes the costs are worth the program.

020

Riner

Affirms.

024

Sen. Beyer

Asks about the costs over the next five years by the City of Eugene.

027

Riner

Explains what projects the money will support.

038

Sen. Beyer

Asks if Eugene has already purchased some lands.

040

Riner

Affirms.

041

Sen. Beyer

Asks for more information on certain lands.

045

Riner

Clarifies what lands Eugene has purchased.

049

Sen. Beyer

Asks what limits Eugene from buying additional parcels.

050

Riner

Replies that funds are limited.

054

Sen. Beyer

Asks if the private landowner is willing to sell to Eugene.

055

Riner

Affirms that the landowner is willing to sell.

068

Chair Shields

Inquires how the City of Eugene plans to manage the dual uses for both recreation and productive timber.

077

Riner

Explains that the Eugene forests at issue are oak savannah and are very compatible with passive recreation uses.

101

Cathcart

Comments that passive recreation use does not equal a passive management plan and elaborates.

138

Sen. Beyer

Asks about forest fire management costs.

143

Riner

Responds that the City of Eugene will pay for fire services on the property they own.

155

Chair Shields

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 595.

SB 595 – WORK SESSION

165

Sen. Corcoran

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 595-1 amendments dated 04/17/03.

170

 

VOTE:  4-0

 

Chair Shields

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

185

Sen. Beyer

Expresses concerns with the policies of SB 595.

194

Sen. Fisher

States opposition to SB 595.

195

Sen. Corcoran

MOTION:  Moves SB 595 to the floor WITH AMENDMENTS and WITHOUT RECOMMENDATION as to passage and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.


 

197

 

VOTE:  3-1

AYE:               3 – Beyer, Corcoran, Shields

NAY:               1 – Fisher

 

Chair Shields

The motion CARRIES.

210

Chair Shields

Closes work session on SB 595 and adjourns meeting at 11:40 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 3123, written testimony, Katie Fast, 1 p.

B – SB 595, SB 595-1 amendments dated 4/17/03, staff, 2 pp.

C – SB 595, written testimony, Roy Wu, 12 pp.

D – SB 595, written testimony, Andrea Riner, 1 p.