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Oregon State Legislature Agriculture, Forest, Fisheries, Rural Communities and Tribes


Clean Energy Jobs Work Group on

Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries, Rural Communities, and Tribes

Work Group Outcomes and Summary Documents:

Introductory Information from Work Group Chairs:

Chair: Representative Ken Helm, House District 34

During the 2017 session, the Senate and House environment committees held a series of joint meetings to hear from experts regarding state and regional cap-and-invest policies and programs. This led to the introduction of the Clean Energy Jobs bill, Senate Bill 1070, at the end of the session. It is now time for more detailed work on individual components of an Oregon program. The Agriculture, Forest, Fisheries, Rural Communities and Tribes Work Group was created to review and make recommendations on specific components of a cap-and-invest program for Oregon. Work group recommendations and outcomes will be reported to a joint meeting of the Senate and House environment committees in later November.

Work Group Charge:

Discuss the opportunities for agriculture, forestry, and fishery sectors under a cap-and-invest program and what would be important to understand for the offsets conversation.

Policy Questions to Answer:

  1. How would a cap-and-invest program affect these industries, communities, and tribes? What interests or concerns are important to consider from each perspective?
  2. How can an Oregon offsets program be designed to provide the most benefit to Oregon’s rural economies, communities, and tribes?
  3. What are the concerns related to development of, and use of, offsets, and how can a program be designed to address some of these concerns? What can we learn from existing offset programs?
  4. What opportunities exist in Oregon for agriculture, forestry, and fishery sectors, and who would benefit? How will revenues be invested in rural communities? What are som examples?
  5. How can a cap-and-invest program help advance Oregon’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change?

Work group agendas and meeting materials will be posted on this webpage. The work group is being staffed by Beth Reiley, committee analyst.  Beth can be reached by phone at 503-986-1755 or by email at

Meeting Times:

All meetings will be held in Room 50, State Capitol.

  • September 21, 2017:  10 AM – 11:45 AM (video)
  • October 16, 2017:  10 AM – 12 PM (video)
  • November 2, 2017:  1 PM – 3 PM (video)

The work group meetings will also be livestreamed. To access the livestream videos, please navigate to the Legislative Audio and Video webpage and scroll down to "Live and Upcoming Meetings" to find the correct work group. Recordings of past work group meetings will also be linked under the Work Group Agenda and Materials section below.

Public Comments for Work Group on Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries, Rural Communities, and Tribes: 

Work Group Meeting Agendas and Materials: 

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