New plans released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would increase logging on the agency’s 2.5 million acres west of the Cascades summit — but don’t expect more chain saws to fire up anytime soon.
As expected, the BLM plan ran into an immediate storm of criticism from county government leaders, timber interests, environmental groups and members of Congress.
All found fault with aspects of the plan, which has been years in the making and now will be dissected in court. The debate will continue the decades-long legal logjam over the fate of federally owned forests in Western Oregon.
County leaders and loggers said the BLM is not allowing for enough harvest. They want double what is being proposed.