The Oregon Department of Forestry has quietly withdrawn more timber sales that are the target of a lawsuit by conservation groups trying to protect nesting trees for a threatened sea bird called the marbled murrelet.
The annual operations plan for the Coos District, dated September 19, says the Elliott State Forest will look for alternative timber to sell while the lawsuit over protections for marbled murrelet habitat moves through federal court. The move comes on top of a decision to withdraw other timber last July.
Cascadia Wildlands and others have challenged the department’s new method for avoiding threatened and endangered species, and want it to go back to focusing on habitat.
There was no immediate comment on the move from the department.