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Vote YES for a Clean and Healthy Oregon
Help make sure environmental programs are protected in January.
On January 26, Oregonians will vote on Ballot Measures 66 and 67, two measures that will help protect what makes our state special.
(Scroll down for more resources and to find out how you can help.)
Recently, the Oregonian reported that the state's fiscal crisis may mean significant cuts to the thirty-year-old landmark Forest Practices Act, which helps the state protect water and wildlife habitat on private forest lands. Those cuts would "force Oregon to abandon enforcement of the law," a possibility "especially if two tax measures on the ballot fail."
Unfortunately, that's just one program on the line. Air and water pollution monitoring, clean energy investments and job creation programs also face possible cuts. Here in Oregon, we take pride in all the outdoors has to offer. But without funds to take care of what we love, we risk losing it.
The oil industry has already chipped in more than $100K to the No campaign, which is cranking out misleading messages. They're more concerned about keeping corporate income taxes at $10--the same amount they were paying in 1931-- than in protecting our environment.
OLCV is working with a broad coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals to make sure these measures pass.
Here's how you can help:
Take the pledge! Add your name to the list of Oregonians who are committing to protecting Oregon's evironmental legacy.
Get involved! Help us reach as many voters as possible before January 26 by signing up for a phone bank or canvass near you. Don't see an event in your area? Email Chris Edmonds or call him at 503-234-0444 x 258.
What others in the environmental community are saying:
Along with the much broader Yes for Oregon coalition, OLCV is working with the Oregon Conservation Network, more than 40 groups around the state, to talk to green voters about these measures. Why is a vote for Measures 66 and 67 a vote for the environment?
"Measures 66 and 67 will help preserve important environmental safeguards that protect rivers and streams across Oregon. That’s because these measures will help prevent financial chaos in our state government, chaos that would result in funding cuts to water management agencies that already have been shorthanded for years. We need to do more to protect Oregon's waters, not less."
--John DeVoe, Executive Director, WaterWatch of Oregon
"Despite Oregon’s high unemployment rate, one bright spot has held steady: jobs in the clean energy economy. Solar workers, energy-efficiency consultants and retrofitters, farmers hosting wind farms, electric vehicle inventors.... According to a recent study, Oregon leads the nation in per-capita green jobs. Why? Because our state has chosen to invest in the green economy. But without the passage of Measures 66 and 67, Oregon faces a fiscal crisis that threatens that investment. Please act to support Measures 66 and 67."
--Lisa Adatto, Oregon Director, Climate Solutions
Find out more:
Read a blog from OLCV Executive Director Jon Isaacs about the consequences of not passing these important measures.
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Protection of remaining intact wilderness for its intrinsic value to all living inhabitants is as noble and worthy a goal as any development could possibly be. That's why we support organizations such as OLCV and our political representatives who work hard to protect Oregon's natural legacy.
Bob Del Gizzi and Michele Dickson (pictured above with canine companion Zeus)