Forest Restoration Pilot Project

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, February 21 2012 at 5:18 PM, Updated: Tue, February 21 2012 at 11:14 PM

Secretaty of the Interior, Ken Salazar announced the green light for three pilot projects aimed at improving forest health and giving some timber to the industry. Of course there was much opposition about the projects.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar says, "It's working" as he toured the "Pilot Joe" project in the middle Applegate Valley. It's the first timber sale to harvest as part of the forest restoration pilot project which includes two more similar projects in Douglas and Coos counties. Joined by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Agriculture, media and others. The announcement was that five more projects would follow these three starting next year along the 2.5 million acres of BLM land in Oregon. The goal is to create money for timber mills, create jobs and manage our forests. Of course there are opposing views and doubts about the pilot projects.

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