Debate shapes up over using Oregon land to limit carbon emissions: SOCAN testimony quoted

PETER WONG Oregon Capital Bureau Mar 11, 2023 Updated Mar 15, 2023

Oregon’s vast farm and forest lands could be enlisted to capture carbon and reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gases under legislation that awaits further work in a legislative committee.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee heard from about three dozen people on Feb. 15, and a follow-up session is planned later in March. Though representatives of timber-industry groups and Oregon Cattlemen’s Association opposed it, Senate Bill 530 won support from environmental groups, plus individual farmers, forest owners and ranchers across the state.


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