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Oregon Timber Operators Sue Obama Administration


Federal land managers continue Thursday to review a new lawsuit filed by Oregon timber companies to increase logging.

Douglas Timber Operators, in southern Oregon, argues that the Obama Administration was wrong to withdraw a Bush-era timber plan. Central Oregon correspondent Ethan Lindsey reports.


The never-ending fight over northwest forests has returned to the courtroom.

Five logging companies sued the Obama Administration on Tuesday. The lawsuit alleges it’s illegal to abandon the federal logging plan already approved by the rule-making process.

George Sexton is the conservation director for the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center.

George Sexton: “The element of the timber industry that brought this lawsuit is sort of the dinosaurs holdouts. None of the larger trade groups are a part of this litigation. Instead it’s the extreme of the extreme of the timber industry.”

The American Forest Resource Council, a timber industry trade group, says it does support the lawsuit – but is not a plaintiff.

The Bureau of Land Management says it can’t comment on current litigation. And this isn't the only pending courtroom battle — the timber industry sued U.S. Fish and Wildlife in August over the agency's spotted owl recovery plan.