GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The White House is threatening to veto a bill to boost logging on national forests, including a provision aimed at producing more money for timber counties in Oregon.
The Statement of Administration Policy issued Wednesday says if the bill were presented to President Obama, his senior advisers would recommend a veto.
It says the bill (H.R. 1526) would harm national forests and the government's obligations to manage them by sidestepping environmental laws, which would lead to more conflict and delay.
The bill includes a provision developed by members of the Oregon delegation to turn over half the so-called O&C lands in Western Oregon to a state-appointed trust that would manage them for timber production.
The administration says that would harm habitat for endangered species, and increase the chance of lawsuits.
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