Kurt cares deeply about protecting Oregon’s natural spaces, because Oregon’s lands, waters, and open spaces are an integral part of our heritage, identity and how we make our living. Climate change and is already impacting Oregon’s coast, farms, and economy. Kurt understands that we must act on both a global and a local scale to preserve our environment for future generations.
Kurt has a practical, balanced approach: he has supported public land packages that expand wilderness and wild and scenic designations. He also supports the multiple-use of our public lands, including recreation, active timber management, grazing access, and hunting access. To protect Oregon’s beautiful natural landmarks, Kurt has fought for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to protect Oregon’s public lands and waters since 1964 – including places like Mount Hood National Forest, the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and Yaquina Head.
In 2018, Kurt worked with local river stewards and Molalla residents to successfully pass a bill to designate the Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic recreational river. And, for the last ten years, Kurt has sponsored legislation to ban offshore drilling so future generations can safely enjoy our coast, and so Oregon’s maritime industry – which brings 33,000 jobs to Oregon – can continue to thrive. Kurt also advocates for responsible forest management, and was pleased to pass a national budget in 2018 that fixes the endless cycle of “fire-borrowing” to help prevent the devastating wildfires in Oregon’s forests. Kurt also championed HR 2083, which protects the salmon and steelhead fighting to make it upstream by allowing tribes to remove rogue sea lions from the Columbia and Willamette rivers.