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Ill-conceived measure

On Jan. 1, SB 1369 came into effect, requiring landowners in specified areas to remove most combustible material within a distance of 100 feet of any structure. This amounts to a six-fold increase in area to be cleared.

This measure is so ill-conceived that all it will do is cause people to wonder what the lawmakers in Sacramento are thinking and ultimately to ignore the law.

Here is why I believe this to be true:



A person would have to buy a minimum of 1.5 acres of land and then clear all the combustible materials to his property line to meet the requirements.

For all the hundreds of thousands of acres of land privately owned and developed and to which this law would apply, there are hundreds of millions of acres of land privately owned and not developed to which this law does not apply.




There are homes built in areas where the developer is prohibited from removing trees in order to preserve the environment.

Almost anywhere you live there are dangers, whether it be fire, earthquake, tsunami, etc. People are aware of these dangers and take precautions as they are able.

This ill-conceived bill should be repealed.

Michael Hatherly

Oregon House


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