Monday, January 06, 2014

Salvage of Burned Timber in Full Swing on Private Lands

Salvage logging on lands burned by last summer's Douglas Complex wildfire in southwestern Oregon is in full swing on privately owned forests, but not on public lands. The News-Review reports Roseburg Forest Products has cut 8 million board feet from its lands outside Glendale, while the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is still in the planning process. The difference points out the contrast between logging under the Oregon Forest Practices Act and logging on public lands. Private landowners can start logging 15 days after filing a plan with the state. On BLM lands, federal environmental laws require a lengthy planning process that includes the public. The Douglas Complex fires burned through 76 square miles on a patchwork of public and private lands. KAJO

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