Wednesday marked a decision by the Oregon Board of Forestry to permit more logging in the Tillamook and Clatsop forests. The plan to step up clearcutting by 20% will reduce the area of old-growth forest in the region, but it brought support from foresters and protests from conservationists.
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The decision affects roughly a half-million acres of state-managed mountainous terrain between Portland and the coast.
The Oregon Board of Forestry's 4-2 vote followed hours of testimony from fishermen and foresters and triggered protests from conservationists concerned with imperiled species that rely on the forest. Significantly, the board's action throws in the towel on a much-maligned 2001 strategy to balance economic, social and environmental interests in the forests.