In the July 6 edition of The Daily Astorian, in the article “Lines drawn over cutting in Clatsop, Tillamook forests,” Commissioner Dirk Rohne was quoted as saying, “I’d love to see an alternative funding stream from the state for education.”

My question is, why wouldn’t we support the funding stream we already have? The Clatsop State Forest provides revenues for all our schools in Clatsop County. To support measures that would reduce that revenue is supporting cuts to our kids’ education.

If it is the intention of Commissioner Rohne to seek alternative funding, perhaps he should have it in place before backing efforts to reduce current funding.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works to balance our state forest between habitat, recreation and harvest. This balance provides revenue for our schools, public works and county government.

The system is not broken. It would be beneficial if our county commissioners would support it, instead of standing by as outsiders, like the Sierra Club or Trout Unlimited, try to fix it.


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