Land Board approves Elliott State Forest logging plan


Amid a protest rally, the Oregon State Land Board approved a new plan for the Elliott State Forest that calls for increased logging.

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Amid a protest rally, the Oregon State Land Board approved a new plan for the Elliott State Forest that calls for increased logging.

The plan boosts logging on the forest from the current level of 25 million board-feet a year to 40 million board-feet. It also sets aside about 28,000 acres for conservation, and includes protections for threatened and endangered species, including the marbled murrelet, the spotted owl and salmon.

“I’m willing to support this with the caveat that we revisit the plan on an annual basis … and that we continue to have a conversation about the habitat conservation option going forward,” Gov. John Kitzhaber said.

Read more at Capital Press.

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