Panel opens 600,000 acres to logging


The Board of Forestry moves to allow more logging in state-owned forests.

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The Oregon Board of Forestry voted 5-2 to ramp up logging in state forests from Tillamook to Santiam.

The plan would boost logging in state forests to 200 million board feet, raising money for schools and services, but conservation groups are not happy.

“There are a lot of species that require complex forest stands, and this plan reduces the number of acres that are complex,” said Brian Pasko of the Sierra Club. “This board, as a whole, is so out of touch with what the public really wants to see in their public lands.

“It’s not good for the economy. It’s not good for tourism. It’s not good for wildlife.”

Read more at Business Week.

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