Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2013

Josephine and Curry counties are among the struggling Oregon timber counties referred to by some as zombie counties — the walking dead. These and other counties in southwestern Oregon, lush with timber and once thriving thanks to federal payments from the 1937 O&C Act, have had their economic foundations chewed to sawdust as logging on federal lands has plummeted and voters refuse to raise property taxes. The impact on the courts and public protection has been felt hard, as Karen McGlone reports.