Federal Agency Plan Would Intensively Log Remaining Spotted Owl Reserves

By Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild
The News Guard
September 19, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OREGON — A court battle is shaping up over a coast range timber plan. Oregon-based conservation organizations Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild have challenged the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Siuslaw Field Office’s plan to log 13,225 acres of public forests in the coast range foothills west of Eugene. The agency’s Siuslaw Harvest Land Base Project will clearcut mature and old-growth forests that border many communities and residences west of Eugene, according to the conservation organizations. “The BLM admits that this logging will increase fire hazard risks, slope instability and landslide risks, and drinking water contamination for these communities, but dismissed concerns raised about these impacts as insignificant,” a release from the conservation groups states.

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