Measure 34

Proposed by initiative petition to be voted on at the General Election, November 2, 2004.

Ballot Title

REQUIRES BALANCING TIMBER PRODUCTION, RESOURCE CONSERVATION/PRESERVATION IN MANAGING STATE FORESTS; SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSES TWO FORESTS

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote requires managing state forests balancing, as equally beneficial, conservation/preservation and timber production; manages Tillamook, Clatsop forests half for restoration, half for production.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains current law allowing mixed use state forest management; rejects: requiring management that values conservation and production equally, separately managing Tillamook, Clatsop Forests.

SUMMARY: Current law directs that Board of Forestry manage all state forests to maximize "permanent value" (defined by board) through mixed use, including timber sales, mining, protecting, conserving, utilizing forests. Measure requires management defining "permanent value" as balancing sustainable timber production with water, wildlife, watershed protection, recreation, forest restoration, considering resource conservation equally beneficial to timber production. Manages Tillamook, Clatsop Forests half for forest restoration, prioritizing drinking water, habitat, fish protection; half for sustainable timber production, with restoration management steps recommended by restoration science team. Addresses using timber revenues for common School Fund, forest restoration management (board providing additional funding as needed); continues current local school funding levels. Measure declares it replaces any other management plan for Clatsop, Tillamook Forests adopted in 2004 election. Other provisions.

ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL IMPACT:
With respect to the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests:
The measure is estimated to increase state expenditures by $1.5 million to $6.3 million per year;
The measure is estimated to decrease state revenue by $4.2 million to $10.3 million per year;
The measure is estimated to require approximately $2 million of one-time state expenditures;
The measure is estimated to decrease revenues for local governments by $17.2 million to $19.4 million per year; and
There is no financial effect on local government expenditures.
The impact of the measure on other state forests cannot be determined.