Oregon's Roseburg Forest Products, San Francisco's Pacific Forest Trust work on US$7.8M conservation easement for 8,000 acres in Northern California; trust hopes funding will be approved Nov. 17

LOS ANGELES , October 28, 2011 () – Roseburg Forest Products Co. and the Pacific Forest Trust are developing a US$7.8 million conservation easement plan for 8,000 acres of private forest in Northern California, which would add logging restrictions, The Record Searchlight reported Oct. 25.

The San Francisco-based trust, which will pay for the easement that sits along Bear Creek in both Siskiyou and Shasta counties, hopes the money to buy it will be approved Nov. 17 by the California Wildlife Conservation Board. In return, Roseburg will manage the land for the protection of fish and wildlife, and for public access.

Co-CEO of Pacific Forest Trust Connie Best said the agreement would keep the land in logging and preserve jobs in Siskiyou County, while adding a source of revenue for the Oregon-based timber company.

The agreement would require Roseburg to cut back on timber harvests in the easement area, protect fish and wildlife, and allow non-motorized public use, The Record Searchlight reported.

The Western Rivers Conservancy and the state's Department of Fish and Game are also seeking approval at the same Nov. 17 meeting for $1.1 million to buy 600 acres in eastern Tehama County.  The two planned easements border each other in a number of places, The Record Searchlight reported.

State Prop. 84 bonds would fund Roseburg's easement and California's Habitat Conservation Fund would pay for the Tehama easement.

Roseburg's California resources manager Arne Hultgren said the Bear Creek easement would ensure timber supply. Roseburg will not be able to subdivide the land for development.

Best said employees of Pacific Forest Trust would work with the company to monitor the agreement.

The primary source of this article is The Record Searchlight, Redding, California, on Oct. 25, 2011.

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