A Great Day for Conservationists
By Laura Bailey
Yesterday was one that will go down in history for conservationists.
After years of challenging a Bush-era plan to allow more logging in sensitive areas of Oregon’s ancient forests, local and national activists are finally breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Yesterday’s news that the Obama administration will repeal the Western Oregon Plan Revisions is quite simply HUGE. At The Wilderness Society the victory cheers could be heard throughout the day.
The Bush plan would have more than doubled logging in 2.6 million acres of Bureau of Land Management forests
The Wilderness Society had joined 13 other organizations in legally challenging the plan that would have devastated the Oregon forests. But yesterday’s victory was hard won not only by national conservation groups, but by countless Oregonians who know first-hand the value of these forests
The forests in question are home to ancient towering trees, some as old as Columbus, which provide critical habitat for the spotted owl and a seabird called the marbled murrelet.
Salazar said the plans, known as the Western Oregon Plan Revisions, lacked documentation for complying with the Endangered Species Act.
Courtesy KS Wild, www.kswild.org