BLM Proposal to Manage 2.5M Acres in Oregon Draws Fire

May 16, 2016 07:12 PM

A draft federal proposal to manage 2.5 million acres of land in western Oregon has some conservation and fishing groups as well as an Indian tribe filing protests against it.

The Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center said Monday: "The plan proposes to increase logging levels by 37 percent." A fishermen's group says productive salmon streams are more precious than timber.

In its four-volume, 2,010-page proposal, the Bureau of Land Management said a revised plan is needed due to changes in timber management outcomes.

The proposal says the new plan will provide a sustained yield of timber while protecting threatened and endangered species.

The Coquille tribe says it fears the plan will threaten its ability to manage its own forest, linked under federal law to BLM lands.

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