O&C Counties Endorse Wyden Long-Term Funding Bill

The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) expressed support for the bi-partisan, long-term county funding bill introduced by Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Crapo (R-ID). “This is a big step forward. We are grateful to Senator Wyden for taking the lead and proposing this important measure” said Tim Freeman, Douglas County Commissioner and President of AOCC. The…

Association of O&C Counties Elects Leaders, Board for 2018

Press Release- December 10, 2018 Contact: Rocky McVay, 541.412.1624 The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) elected its leaders for 2019 at AOCC’s annual meeting in Eugene on December 7.  AOCC represents western Oregon counties that host 2.1 million acres of O&C timberlands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  AOCC advocates for sustained yield management of the O&C…

Association of O&C Counties Express Support for Changes to Endangered Species Act

The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) expressed support for several regulatory changes proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that would improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by those agencies.  The agencies released information about the proposed changes today in a press release as well as on a public…

O&C Counties Thank Walden, Oregon Congressional Delegation for Securing SRS Extension

The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) today recognized Congressman Greg Walden for his role in securing a funding offset for the extension under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS).  The funding is included in the recent budget agreement reached by U.S. House and U.S. Senate leaders this week. AOCC also thanked U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and…

Association of O&C Counties Applauds U.S. House Passage of Resilient Federal Forests Act

The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) today applauded bipartisan passage of the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (H.R. 2639) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation gives the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) new policy and legal tools to increase the pace and scale of active forest management on federal lands. “Passage…

O&C County Commissioners Meet with Secretary Ryan Zinke During Visit to Southern Oregon

BROOKINGS, ORE– County Commissioners representing the Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) attended a meeting on July 16 with Congressman Greg Walden and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during his visit to southern Oregon. “Board members shared their situations relative to the loss of O&C timber revenue and the resulting impacts on their ability to keep basic services at acceptable levels,”…

Douglas Co. Commissioner, AOCC President Tim Freeman Urges Changes to Forest Policies in Congressional Hearing

BROOKINGS, ORE– In Washington, D.C. today Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman urged Congress to pass reforms to improve the health of America’s federally-owned forests and create much-needed jobs in rural, forested communities.  Freeman serves as President of the Association of O&C Counties, representing 17 western Oregon counties hosting 2.1 million acres of O&C timberlands administered by…

Association of O&C Counties Presents Testimony on Cascade Siskiyou National Monument

Press Release- May 3, 2017 Contact: Rocky McVay, 541.412.1624 BROOKINGS, ORE– The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) presented testimony to a congressional panel on the expansion of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM).  The House Natural Resources Committee’s Federal Lands Subcommittee held a hearing on May 2 to discuss national monuments designated without significant local input…