Southwestern Oregon Residents Oppose Massive Pickett West Timber Sale

Grants Pass, OrA coalition of residents from the Illinois, Applegate and Rogue Valleys will gather to protest the BLM timber auction for the 287-acre Pickett Hog Timber Sale, above the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. The Pickett Hog Timber Sale is the first to be auctioned from the controversial Pickett West Project. Other timber sales are being developed from the Pickett West Project in the Applegate Valley and in the mountains above Selma, Oregon.

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Timber group suing Interior for more trees

To force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to increase its timber harvest in Western Oregon, the timber industry, including Rough and Ready Lumber Co. in the Illinois Valley and the Swanson Group Manufacturing in Glendale, filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday.

By Paul Fattig, Mail Tribune

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LINKS TO KSWILD Gold miner Cliff Tracy wants to dig in again on critical salmon stream in southwest Oregon

In 2009, Tracy was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of illegally mining on U.S. Forest Service land next to a critical salmon stream in southwest Oregon. Now, he has applied to mine at the same spot again, and the Forest Service says his prior conviction won't factor in to their evaluation of his new proposal.

By Scott Learn, Oregonlive.com

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