Logging extension revives owl debate

Congress's automatic logging contract extension is stirring up controversy over a planned harvest near Eugene-Springfield.

Congress's automatic logging contract extension in 2008 gave Seneca-Jones until Aug. 23, 2013 to harvest a 149-acre timber stand  42 miles northeast of Eugene-Springfield.

However, a recent discovery of endangered spotted owls on the land is giving environmentalists new hope that the land will not be logged.

[The timber stand] consists of mature forests with trees an average of 23 inches in diameter and 140 years old, with scattered patches of old growth.

Seneca also got a price adjustment. The company initially bought the 8.3 million board feet of the Trapper board sale for $1.48 million in 2003, according to the Forest Service. After the adjustment, the company stands to pay $550,000.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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