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    The INDEPENDENT, December 1, 2005
Page 5
Business
Noble fir for Capitol tree
FEMA says it’s time for flood insurance
The Oregon Department of
Forestry delivered a 25-foot no-
ble fir from the Tillamook State
Forest for the holiday tree in
the rotunda of the state Capitol.
The governor will oversee
the lighting of the Capitol’s hol-
iday tree tomorrow, Dec. 2, at
5:30 p.m. The public is invited
to attend the 30-minute pro-
gram, which marks the 24th an-
nual “Holidays at the Capitol.”
“We’re proud to provide the
tree this year for the enjoyment
of all Oregonians,” said Bob
Gustavson, acting Forest Grove
District forester. “And we’re
proud of the way the Tillamook
State Forest has again become
a productive forest – through
careful management – after the
fires from 60 to 70 years ago.”
The tree was delivered by a
crew from the South Fork
Camp, an inmate work camp
located in the Tillamook State
Forest. “It’s a daunting task to
find the so-called perfect tree,
but I think we have a good one
picked out,” said camp supervi-
sor Gordon Dana.
The 364,000-acre Tillamook
State Forest is located about 40
miles west of Portland in north-
west Oregon. The forest re-
planting after a series of devas-
tating wildfires in the 1930s and
1940s turned the “Tillamook
Burn” into the Tillamook State
Forest.
Following the fires, thou-
Snow, rain and windy weath-
er up and down our coasts and
winter storm warnings for the
Cascade mountains herald
more to come in the Pacific
Northwest. According to U.S.
Department of Homeland Se-
curity Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency (FEMA) Re-
gional Director John Penning-
ton, it’s time for flood insurance
policyholders to review their
policies and consider increas-
ing coverage, and for unin-
sured homeowners and renters
to think seriously about buying
flood insurance.
“Our region is prone to a va-
riety of natural disasters, rang-
ing from seasonal flooding and
winter storms to wildfires,
earthquakes and volcanic ac-
tivity, but flooding tops the list
for disaster-driven property
loss,” said Pennington. “Nation-
al flood insurance offers solid
protection from future flood
losses, and pays off whether or
not there is a federal disaster
declaration. But there is a thir-
ty-day waiting period before the
coverage takes effect, so don’t
wait!”
National Flood Insurance
Program (NFIP) policies are
available to communities that
agree to adopt and enforce
sound floodplain management
practices, and according to
Pennington, virtually every
community in the Northwest
qualifies. “By aggressively
managing their floodplains, lo-
cal officials guarantee access
to affordable coverage, and
that’s important,” said Penning-
ton. “While the very act of qual-
ifying to join the NFIP reduces
flood damage, by joining
NFIP’s voluntary Community
Rating System (CRS), commu-
sands of Oregonians, many of
them school children and vol-
unteers, helped plant more
than 72 million Douglas-fir
seedlings across the black-
ened landscape.
Though still relatively young,
the Tillamook State Forest has
already begun to provide the
economic, environmental and
social benefits envisioned for
this publicly owned forest. The
Oregon Department of Forestry
manages the forest, using har-
vesting to produce revenue for
local governments and schools;
to develop habitat for native
fish and wildlife; and to pay for
recreation projects such as
trails and campgrounds.
The rich history of the Tillam-
ook Sate Forest and the poten-
tial it holds as a sustainably
managed public forest in the fu-
ture are the key themes of the
soon-to-open Tillamook Forest
Center. The 13,500-square-foot
center along the Wilson River
Highway will be filled with ex-
hibits that invite visitors to learn
about the Tillamook State For-
est and about sustainable forest
management.
The center will open to the
public in early 2006, with a
grand opening celebration
scheduled for Oregon Arbor
Week April 1-8. Visit the Tillam-
ook Forest Center on-line at
www.tillamookforest.org
Some improvement in unemployment
rate for Columbia County workers
Columbia County’s unem-
ployment rate was essentially
unchanged at 6.0 percent in
October, according to Oregon
Employment Department fig-
ures. This was still a bit higher
than the statewide unadjusted
rate of 5.4 percent and higher
than the national rate of 4.6
percent. Total employment in
the county grew by 216 from
September, and the number of
unemployed people decreased
by 16.
Columbia County’s revised
unemployment rate for Sep-
tember was 6.1 percent. The
rate was 8.0 percent one year
ago in October. Total employ-
ment was 21,704 in October
and 1,380 people were unem-
ployed. Total employment was
570 greater than one year ago.
Columbia County is processing waivers
From page 1
County Measure 37 claims un-
til the Supreme Court issues a
final ruling. This will allow cur-
rent claimants to avoid invest-
ing time and money on their
claims until the Supreme Court
rules on the constitutionality of
Measure 37.
For additional information
about Measure 37 claims or to
discuss the County’s stay
agreement option, contact
Todd Dugdale, Director of Land
Development Services, at 503-
397-7207.
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nities can earn rate reductions
for policyholders by adopting
stronger management prac-
tices. You don’t have to live in a
high risk flood zone to be vul-
nerable.”
Flood insurance covers
structural damage and con-
tents for all insurable residen-
tial and non-residential build-
ings. Policies can be pur-
chased from any licensed in-
surance agent or broker. Maxi-
mum coverage for single-family
homes is $250,000 for the
structure itself, and $100,000
for contents. Renters can also
insure their personal belong-
ings for up to $100,000. Busi-
nesses can insure buildings for
up to $500,000 for the struc-
ture, and contents for up to
$500,000. The NFIP is self-
supporting, with all claims and
operating expenses paid from
policyholder premiums, not tax
dollars. For more information
about the NFIP, contact your in-
surance agent, or call toll free:
1-800-427-4661.
FEMA prepares the nation
for all hazards and manages
federal response and recovery
efforts following any national in-
cident. FEMA also initiates mit-
igation activities, trains first re-
sponders, works with state and
local emergency managers,
and manages the National
Flood Insurance Program.
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