Feds limit logging area in Umpqua


The U.S. Forest Service has scaled back logging plans in the Umpqua National Forest in a closely-watched timber sale.

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The U.S. Forest Service has announced it is going ahead with logging plans to reduce wildfire danger in the Umpqua, but in a much smaller area than originally planned.

The Umpqua National Forest announced it will publish Friday the final environmental impact statement on the D-Bug timber sale, which is designed to reduce wildfire danger around the Diamond Lake and Lemolo Lake resort areas.

The two-year-old project was widely seen as a test of President Barack Obama’s campaign promise to protect the 58 million acres of backcountry that has never been commercially logged on national forests across the country.

Read more at Bloomberg Businessweek.

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