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Oregon timber sale kindles debate

Friday, March 1, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

A proposal to log old-growth timber adjacent to Crater Lake National Park is causing a stir in Oregon.
   The U.S. Forest Service has scouted 16,215 acres northeast of Union Creek for logging, which timber groups describe as a thinning process that would boost forest health, cut fire danger, and revive idled mills. Conservationists note some of the trees are 300 to 400 years old, measure 4 feet in diameter, and reaching them would require new access roads across land not logged since the early 1950s. Read The Oregonian article.

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