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End of the timber wars?

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sen. Ron Wyden is introducing a bill that would protect old growth trees in eastern Oregon while accelerating the logging of smaller trees.

If made into law, the bill could end the decades-long dispute between the timber industry and environmentalists.

The bill is the result of months of negotiations between a handful of environmental and timber interests concerned about the health of eastside forests and the communities and mills they support.

"This is the first time that major environmental organizations and timber companies have come together on a comprehensive piece of legislation, and it indicates a joint recognition of the severity of the conditions eastern Oregon forests face," said John Shelk, managing director of the Ochoco Lumber Company in Prineville.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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