Logging troubles for the state

Conservation and fishing groups say the state broke the law with a new clear cutting policy that could endanger salmon.

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Conservation and fishing groups are filing a petition, asking the state Foresty Board to reconsider a decision that they say would endanger local wildlife.

An April decision that would increase logging the Clatsop and Tillamook state forests was not based on sound science, according to the conservation groups, and breaks state law.

The decision had strong backing from Clatsop and Tillamook county governments, which receive a 64 percent share of the timber revenue generated from the state forests.

Bob Van Dyk, forest policy manager for the Wild Salmon Center, said under state law the board of forestry is supposed to follow its “greatest permanent value” rule in making decisions about state forests, and that rule requires decisions to be based on the best available science. In this case, he said, the board did not follow that requirement.

Read more at the Daily Astorian.

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