Last updated July 24, 2000
Oregon is the only state in the USA to have a two-sided state flag. The front of the flag bears the bold words, "State Of Oregon," below which is a symbolic crest containing icons of Oregon's history, culture, and industry. On the other side of the flag is Bucky, the majestic Golden Beaver, gnawing on a log. Bucky's image used to represent Oregon's rich wildlife and thriving timber industry, but sadly the toothy rodent has become a bit of an anachronism.
Over the past decade, the frenzied growth of Oregon's population has prompted unheard-of demands for lumber as construction firms across the state continue to build more terrible houses. Most of Oregon's wilderness was once privately owned by the descendants of early settlers, thousands of whom benefited greatly from the construction boom. They gladly contributed to the statewide gentrification effort by selling their forest property to lumber companies, who swiftly chopped down everything in sight. The fact that they owned the land they decimated released them from any federal pressures to reforest the land, so they didn't.
Today the only trees that still stand in Oregon lie right outside urban growth boundaries, on land that is already earmarked for future development. Oregon no longer has any harvestable trees, and thus no timber industry. The lack of adequate trees around Oregon's many streams spurred the great Beaver Exodus of 1997. Since that time the only beaver seen in Oregon has been the one waving on the back of the ol' state flag. Alas, the Beaver State had become not a Silicon Forest, but a Pressboard Jungle.
Hence our petition for a new, more relevant state flag. We are not so much concerned about altering the front of the flag as we are about righting the wrong that mars the back. Look out, Bucky- your days are numbered.
The flag as it is today
Alternative design 1: The Golden Diamond
Alternative design 2: The Candy-colored Cow Catcher
Alternative design 3: The Blue Tarp