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Wyden Firsts: Protecting Our Environment and Natural Resources

Ron was the first to write and pass bipartisan legislation to end the practice of “fire borrowing.” This law ensures the federal government no longer raids fire prevention budgets to put the largest wildfires out. This practice simply made the next year’s fire threats worse. With Ron’s law, the Forest Service can again focus on desperately needed fire prevention and future budgeting to appropriately treat wildfires as the natural disasters they are.

Ron was the first to develop a policy where the Federal government was given authority to bring together local, private and federal efforts to restore watersheds. Known as “Wyden Authority,” communities across the country can now use both common sense and existing resources to protect our watersheds.

Ron was the first to achieve the creation of 2,000 miles of Wild and Scenic rivers in the continental United States. On Ron’s watch, Oregon will have more miles of protected wild and scenic river than any other state, except Alaska. Ron was the first to get old growth protections written into law and he was the first member of Congress to protect an entire watershed in the United States.

In a win for the climate and healthy farm soils, Ron wrote the first law incentivizing the use of advanced farming techniques to remove carbon from the atmosphere and capture it in the soil.

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Meet Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden & Jeff Merkley at a health care rallyRon Wyden is a champion for our progressive values -- standing up for consumers and the middle class, fighting for digital privacy and an open internet, protecting our planet and Oregon's special places, and always insisting on human rights and equality for all.

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