Logging firms join lawsuit over allegations that state forestry plans don’t adequately protect protected bird in coastal forests
A number of logging firms are coming to the aid of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s plans to continue logging in several coastal forests. Conservation groups have filed suit in federal court claiming Oregon’s forest management plans allow too many old growth trees to be logged thereby threatening the habitat of the Marbled Murrelet, which is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
While the legal battle lines are being drawn, state forestry has stopped all logging in areas listed in the lawsuit. The details are in the Eugene Register Guard. Click here.