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South Oregon Timber Sale Brings Mixed Reaction

AP | Sept. 13, 2012 11:25 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 14, 2012 12:51 a.m.

A timber sale in Southern Oregon has put industry representatives into two camps, large and small.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is conducting the sale.

The Portland-based American Forest Resource Council, which wants larger trees in the sale, says it violates several laws and has filed an administrative appeal.

A representative of the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association says he understands those objections, but the sale of smaller logs is what local mills need.

The auction is limited to companies qualified by the Small Business Administration. The thinning project was designed to incorporate ideas of forest ecology professors. The auction involves 6.75-million board feet.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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