Sunday, August 2, 2009
Groups say Oregon State Forestry Board Clearcuts Illegal
In June the Oregon State Forestry Board voted to increase the amount of area which can be clearcut in the Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests from 50 to 70%. Now the Sierra Club and a consortium of other conservation groups including the Wild Salmon Center and Native Fish Society have asked the board to repeal their decision. Clatsop and Tillamook State forests represent some of the most intact and diverse forests on the Northern Oregon Coast and logging could threaten several important salmon and steelhead streams. Federal and State laws both mandate that the state preserve and restore aquatic habitats, however state scientists found that the logging plan would most likely lead to declines in many salmon bearing systems. See more information at the Oregonian.