The extreme wildfires of the past decade have impacted all Oregonians, no matter the community we live in. And already this spring, after the most devastating fire season in our state’s history, fires have started burning around the state, causing neighborhood evacuations and requiring fire crews to be dispatched to protect communities.
Fire should play a natural role in maintaining healthy landscapes, but for the past century people have suppressed fire in fire-dependent ecosystems, to the detriment of people and nature. This has thrown landscapes out of balance, and hotter, drier conditions caused by climate change are exacerbating the threat of extreme wildfires. The result is risk to lives and homes, impacts to the air we breathe and the water we drink, and stress on our state’s financial resources and local economies. But there’s a clear path forward.
This year, the Oregon legislature is considering comprehensive policy changes and investments to help make our landscapes and communities more resilient to wildfire. Senate Bill 762 will take immediate steps to address fire risk and set our state on a strong trajectory to achieve ecological restoration of our dry forests and rangelands in strategic, high-priority areas.
This bill passed its Senate Committee with a unanimous, bipartisan vote and now awaits action and funding in the Ways & Means Committee. We need your help to get this bill over the finish line. Fire season is already here, and the time to take action is now. Please tell your legislators to support SB 762.
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Support SB 762 to Make Oregon Landscapes and Communities More Resilient to Wildfire
Wildfires are becoming more intense, burning larger areas, threatening communities and producing more smoke. After the most devastating fire season in our state's history, already this spring fires have started burning around the state, causing neighborhood evacuations and requiring fire crews to spend resources to protect communities. Significant policy reform and increased investment are needed to change this trajectory.With SB 762, you can support healthy, resilient ecosystems and livable communities for generations to come. This bill will take immediate steps to address fire risk, build community preparedness and effective wildfire response, support vulnerable communities, and set our state on a strong path to achieve ecological forest and rangeland restoration in strategic, high-priority landscapes. These policy reforms and investments in wildfire preparedness and response will protect lives, property, and public health and safety.
Fire season is already here, and the time to act is now. Please support this proactive, science-based legislation to help make our cherished Oregon ecosystems and communities more resilient and safer in the face of future wildfire. Please vote yes on SB 762.