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  • Schrader Reintroduces Bipartisan Timber Innovation Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Forestry & Natural Resources

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Oregon’s Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, have joined Senate and House colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Timber Innovation Act, which aims to find new and innovative uses for wood as building material. “Oregon’s rural economy depends upon innovative thinking around the challenges and opportunities facing our timber mills and manufacturing businesses,” Senator Jeff Merkley said. “O... Read more

  • Congress gets a chance to back tall wood buildings
    Posted in Schrader in the News on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Forestry & Natural Resources

    Tall wood buildings, a movement that’s begun to pick up steam in Oregon, would get a boost from the federal government under bipartisan legislation proposed in Congress on Tuesday. The Timber Innovation Act instructs the Department of Agriculture to work with the forestry products industry and institutions of higher learning on performance standards and research and development that could help commercialize “mass timber” products. The legislation also calls for the feds to run an annual tall woo... Read more

  • Schrader & Oregon Democratic Delegation Oppose EPA Grants Freeze
    Posted in Press Releases on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    Six Oregon lawmakers today told the White House that its decision to freeze grants administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poses a serious threat to fundamental public health and environmental protections in Oregon and nationwide. “Americans deserve to know whether the EPA will protect their health and safety and defend their communities from air, land, and water contamination,’’ said the letter to the president from Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Peter DeFazio, Ea... Read more

  • Six Oregon lawmakers oppose Trump's EPA grant freeze
    Posted in Schrader in the News on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    WASHINGTON - Six Oregon lawmakers, all Democrats, told the White House on Wednesday that its decision to freeze grants administered by the Environmental Protection Agency poses a serious threat to fundamental public health and environmental protections in Oregon and nationwide. "Americans deserve to know whether the EPA will protect their health and safety and defend their communities from air, land, and water contamination,'' said the letter to the president from Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkle... Read more

  • Schrader, Bera, Simpson, Kilmer, Reichert Lead 54 Representatives Calling for Wildfires to be Treated Like Natural Disasters
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    Representatives Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-7), Mike Simpson (ID-2), Derek Kilmer (WA-6), and David Reichert (WA-8) led a group of 54 other representatives in calling for an immediate fix to the practice of “fire borrowing,” which forces federal land agencies to take money from other important projects to cover the costs of dealing with wildfires. Many of these projects are used to prevent wildfires from spreading out of control. The Western United States is still experiencing dry c... Read more

  • Oregon Lawmakers Announce Funding to Revitalize Willamette Falls
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici today announced that $600,000 has been awarded to Metro-Portland, Oregon’s regional government, to restore and revitalize one of Oregon’s natural treasures, Willamette Falls, from contamination left over from a now-shuttered industrial site. Willamette Falls, second only to Niagara in volume in America, marks the end of the Oregon Trail and holds evidence o... Read more

  • Schrader Praises New LEED Rating System, Encourages Expansion of Federal Wood Product Procurement
    Posted in Press Releases on April 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment, Forestry & Natural Resources

    This week, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) praised the U.S. Green Building Council for issuing a pathway for more US forest and wood products to be included in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. This announcement will expand the LEED rating system to include wood from more than 80 million acres of responsibly managed forests here in the United States. “I proudly join many of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to praise the USGBC on this announcement... Read more

  • Members of Oregon Delegation Welcome OSU Progress on Hemp Research
    Posted in Press Releases on November 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Forestry & Natural Resources

    Today, Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici welcomed news that Oregon State University (OSU) is taking action to implement the industrial hemp research pilot program in Oregon. “Oregon farmers wanting to participate in this industrial hemp pilot program shouldn’t be tangled in red tape. OSU is one of the country’s best universities for agricultural research and I’m pleased they are working with ODA to make this program a reality... Read more

  • The Hill: Resilient Federal Forests Act treats symptom and disease
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Forestry & Natural Resources

    As you read this, catastrophic wildfires continue to burn the western United States with no end in sight. More than 8.8 million acres of federal land have burned this summer. The U.S. Forest Service is transferring another $250 million from forest management accounts to battle these fires — a practice known as fire borrowing. This brings the total amount of additional appropriations for wildfires to $700 million for the year — the highest amount since 2002. Yesterday, Congress passed legislation... Read more

  • Oregon Lawmakers: Get Hemp Pilot Project Ready for Next Season
    Posted in Press Releases on August 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Forestry & Natural Resources

    Washington, D.C. – Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici asked the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Oregon State University (OSU) to implement an industrial hemp pilot project in time for next year’s growing season, in a letter sent today. Currently, American farmers are banned from growing hemp in the United States under federal law. But last year’s Farm Bill allowed states and universities to ... Read more