Clear-cut forests in western Oregon Dec. 28, 2020. SB 530 could support longer logging rotations on private forests.

Oregon could soon be among the first states to make farms, forests, ranches and natural lands part of its official efforts to combat climate change.

Senate Bill 530, which had its first legislative hearing Wednesday, would allow the state to offer financial incentives for voluntarily managing those lands for carbon sequestration.

That could include things like helping farmers plant cover crops, supporting longer logging rotations on private forests, planting more trees in urban areas and protecting coastal communities from sea-level rise.

The bill defines natural and working lands in state statute for the first time and establishes policy direction to advance natural climate solutions.

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