Commissioners announce support of forest lands bill


February 8, 2023

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker on Tuesday, Jan. 31, announced their support of Senate Bill 795.

Sponsored by State Sen. Fred Girod, the bill would give counties the authority to take back thousands of acres deeded to the Oregon Department of Forestry primarily in the 1930s and 1940s and which have been aggregated into nearly 700,000 known as State Forests.

Linn County was the lead taxing district in a $1 billion breach of contract lawsuit filed in March 2016 and heard in Linn County Circuit Court in October and November 2019.

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