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Senator Wyden Releases His Plan For Oregon's Timber Counties

OPB | Nov. 26, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 26, 2013 3:21 p.m.

Satellite image of the patchwork O&C lands near Roseburg. The greener, more densely forested squares are the BLM-administered O&C lands. The other squares are private land.

Satellite image of the patchwork O&C lands near Roseburg. The greener, more densely forested squares are the BLM-administered O&C lands. The other squares are private land.

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This summer, a bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers in the House of Representatives released a plan for how to increase logging on federal land in the state. The plan was widely criticized by conservation groups, who said they hoped that a Senate bill, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), would include more safeguards to protect the environment. The House bill won the support of the logging industry Oregon counties hoping to increase logging on federal land.

Those groups have been waiting all summer and fall for Wyden’s plan, which was released this morning. The bill offers more environmental protections than the House bill, but some environmental groups say it’s still not enough.

We’ll hear reactions to Wyden’s bill from some of the stakeholders involved.

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