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Oregon buys land for new state forest

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The state of Oregon has purchased 43,000 young pine trees in Central Oregon from Fidelity National Timber Resources Inc., in hopes developing the land for recreational and environmental opportunities.

The government established Gilchrist State Forest in hopes of conserving the land that may have otherwise been split into lots for housing.

The state purchased the land from Fidelity National Timber Resources Inc., of Whitefish, Mont., with $15 million in lottery-backed bonds...

Located east of U.S. Highway 97 about 45 miles south of Bend, the forest is covered with young ponderosa and lodgepole pine planted after heavy logging in the 1990s. It will not be mature enough to harvest for decades, said department spokesman Dan Postrel.

Read more at the Register Guard.

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