Oregon Secretary of State defends decision to increase logging in Elliot State Forest, says it will boost state revenue, create more local forestry jobs

LOS ANGELES , May 9, 2012 () – Oregon’s Secretary of State Kate Brown is defending a decision to increase logging on the Elliot State Forest, despite environmentalists' claims endangered species will lose valuable habitat, The World reported May 9.

Brown--who last October along with Oregon’s governor and treasurer voted to increase logging on state land--said the move would provide more revenue for the state as well as creating local forestry jobs.

The Oregon Department of Forestry estimates the plan will increase the annual harvest to 40 million board ft. from 25 million, boosting revenue from US$7.5 million to as much as $13 million. Those funds are re-invested into the principal of the Common School Fund.

Oregon’s new forest management plan would sufficiently protect species while generating badly needed revenue for schools, Brown said.

The primary source of this article is The World, Coos Bay, Oregon, on May 9, 2012.

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