The Truth is Powerful
Letters to the editor for Sunday, March 14: Natural gas, COVID-19 vaccinations, climate change and the Eugene City Council
The Oregon Legislature should reject a slew of proposed bills that eliminate or de-fund the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. OFRI is the commodity commission for the Oregon forest products sector, one of Oregon’s largest industries, and is virtually identical to more than 20 other grower-supported commodity commissions in Oregon, including the Oregon Blueberry Commission, the Oregon Wine Board and the Oregon Beef Council.
I have seen the benefit of OFRI’s work personally and can say with certainty that without its programming, Oregonian students would be worse off.
I’m a retired business owner and volunteer my time with the local community and Forest Today & Forever. One of OFRI’s three primary program areas is K-12 education, focusing on professional development for teachers, in-class educational programs for students, field-trip transportation reimbursement and grade-level publications for teachers and students that meet or exceed state science standards.
Don’t eliminate OFRI – its funding doesn’t even come from the general public; it comes from forestland owners who pay a tax on timber when it’s harvested in the same way the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council is funded by dairy farmers. Do not be misled – OFRI is a vital resource for Oregonians.