Editor’s note: This is an interesting report out of Oregon. County commissioners there are contemplating challenging the status quo ante regarding their federal forest lands and seeking a new structural arrangement. Story comes to us from the COOS BAY WORLD, written by Carly Mayberry and published today.
COQUILLE — Coos County commissioners held a special work session on Tuesday to consider taking the federal government to task when it comes to payment for the Coos Bay Wagon Road lands.
The commissioners, for the first time as an elected body, started a discussion about valuating the timber those lands hold — a value estimated in the billions of dollars — and using that value to calculate payments the county gets from the government.