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Settlement tightens coast logging rules

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A court settlement requires the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to develop stricter rules on logging Oregon's Coast Range.

The rules are aimed to protect streamside trees, prevent landslides and cut erosion and run-off from logging roads.

Federal agencies have pinpointed weaknesses in Oregon's regulation of logging in the coastal zone since 1998 but failed to force changes, said Nina Bell, executive director of Northwest Environmental Advocates.

The suit focused on a federal law that protects coastal water quality. The coastal zone runs from the crest of the Coast Range west to the ocean, and also includes the inland portions of the Rogue and Umpqua river basins.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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0 #1 oz 2010-09-29 14:23:14
Every time light appears in the forrest there is a tree-hugger there to block it out.
The courts block access to forrests thus block jobs.
Ask the folks in Roseburg or Willamina,etc. How is this affecting jobs for them. Every rural area is being threatined by those who do not live there and do not know the work conditions and poverty they create.
Let us consider the working communities that depend upon our natural resources to make a living. They are the real enviornmentalai sts.
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