Aggregate Mining and Farmland Protection

In early 2004, at the Governor’s request, Oregon Consensus convened an Aggregate Mining and Farmland consensus process to develop a recommended state policy for siting and regulating aggregate mines on farmlands, within the context of the long-term demand for aggregate and the availability of other aggregate resources. Considerable data was compiled and presented to the group regarding aggregate mining and farmland issues by the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University. The consensus group met throughout 2004, and agreed to continue working together to develop consensus recommendations. They also agreed not to ask the 2005 Legislature to act on the issue. The process resumed in Fall 2005 to continue work on options for addressing the issues.¬† The group ceased its work at the end of 2006.