Less federal support, Oregon timber counties struggle

Roseburg, Ore. • So much timber money once flowed into this rural Oregon county that its leaders set up committees to find ways to spend it. Today, Douglas County’s library system is on life support, and its sheriff’s department is on track to lose funding. Nearly 30 years after environmental protections slashed logging in federal forests, Oregon counties like this one that thrived on timber revenues for decades are struggling to provide basic services. These so-called timber counties received h...

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