Salvage logging planned after big wildfire in SW Oregon
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Salvage logging is planned on more than 20 square miles of land that burned during last summer’s Chetco Bar wildfire in southwestern Oregon.
Documents obtained by the Mail Tribune newspaper show the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest eyes logging within lands already tapped for timber production and where the fire burned more than half the canopy cover.
The lightning-sparked wildfire charred more than 300 square miles last summer. Most of the forestland will either be left alone or tapped for removal of hazard trees near roads, trails and recreation areas.
Forest spokesman Roland Giller says the salvage-logging area could be reduced during an ongoing environmental analysis. The forest offered no estimated range of timber volume expected.
Forest Supervisor Robert MacWorter has sought an emergency declaration to ensure sales could be logged before bug infestations and other factors render them uneconomical.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/