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Oregon State Legislature forest-fire-resilience


Legislator PhotoRepresentative Pam Marsh

Democrat - District 5 - Southern Jackson County

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1405
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-474, Salem, Oregon 97301


Oregon Forest Fire ​& Resilience Investment Package

The recent wildfires in Oregon have revealed a need for more firefighting resources and the development of community and landscape resiliency. Oregon wildfires cost a record $514M in 2018, exceeding the record $447M in 2017. Future projections indicate a strong likelihood of hotter summers and extended fire seasons, continuing a trend in more large wildfires and associated wildfire smoke. Impacts to human health and public safety are paramount. We can greatly enhance fire protection capacity within the Oregon Department of Forestry and make smart investments for reducing fire risk and smoke impacts while creating and sustaining healthy forests and communities. There are critical, near-term investments we can and must make now. This funding proposal is a request for the Governor's budget, which is expected to be passed in June, before the end of this legislative session.

View the Oregon Forest Fire & Resilience Investment Package

May 2019 Press Release - Bipartisan Support for Forest Fire Investments

May 2019 District 5 Newsletter Article - Bipartisan Support for Forest Fire Investments

Recent Media:

Forestry Department needs more funding now
Mail Tribune Guest Opinion; March 23, 2019

Marsh's fire plan is the right approach

Mail Tribune Editorial; March 24, 2019​

Oregon needs to step it up and invest in more wildfire prevention tools
Oregonian Op-Ed; May 5, 2019

Bipartisan group supports wildfire mitigation
Curry Coastal Pilot; May 21, 2019​

Inside the Oregon Wildfire Council
Jefferson Public Radio - Jefferson Exchange; May 23, 2019​

Lawmakers call for more resource​​s as Oregon heads into another fire season analysis say will again be above average​
     Salem Reporter​; June 4, 2019​
     Albany Democrat-Herald; June 4, 2019
     Blue Mountain Eagle​; June 4, 2019
     Corvallis Gazette-Times; June 4, 2019
     Lebanon Express; June 4, 2019
     KTVL News 10; June 4, 2019
     Mail Tribune; June 4, 2019

Mail Tribune Editorial; June 9, 2019​

Legislative & Community Endorsements:

These legislators support the Oregon Forest Fire & Resilience Investment Package:

  • Rep Pam Marsh, House District 5
  • Rep David Brock Smith, House District 1
  • Rep Paul Evans, House District 20
  • Rep Julie Fahey, House District 14
  • Sen Jeff Golden, Senate District 3
  • Rep Cheri Helt, House District 54
  • Rep Gary Leif, House District 2
  • Rep Tiffiny Mitchell, House District 32
  • Rep Andrea Salinas, House District 38
  • Rep Brad Witt, House District 31
  • Rep Kim Wallan, House District 6
  • Rep Marty Wilde, House District 11
  • Rep Anna Williams, House District 52
  • Rep Jack Zika, House District 53

These organizations and elected officials support the Oregon Forest Fire & Resilience Investment Package:

  • Ashland Chamber of Commerce
  • Biomass One, LP
  • Blue Mountains Forest Partners
  • Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
  • City of Talent
  • Jackson County Board of Commissioners
  • John Stromberg, Mayor of Ashland
  • KS Wild
  • Lomakatsi Restoration Project
  • Mark Bennett, Baker County Commissioner
  • Oregon Association of Conservation Districts
  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Pacific Forest Trust
  • Sally Russell, Mayor of Bend
  • Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
  • Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative
  • Sustainable Northwest
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Western Environmental Law Center
  • Wild Salmon Center