Timber groups of different minds about Oregon sale

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MEDFORD — A timber sale in Southern Oregon has put industry officials into two camps — one representing bigger companies that want bigger logs to cut, and another backing local mills that would be happy to have smaller logs.

Portland-based American Forest Resource Council, which supports larger logs in the sale, has filed an administrative protest against the auction being conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Medford Mail Tribune reported Thursday.

The local Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association, while acknowledging the objections, says the sale of smaller logs is what local mills need.

The bureau has limited potential bidders for the 6.75 million board feet to companies qualified by the Small Business Administration.

The sale incorporates many of the concepts that forest ecology professor Jerry Franklin at the University of Washington and Norm Johnson at Oregon State University, have included in pilot timber projects under way in southwestern Oregon.

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