Logging will increase on state-owned timberland after a vote Thursday by the Oregon Board of Forestry.The panel decided to move ahead with a plan that conservationists oppose. Two of the seven Forestry Board members voted against the plan.State-owned lands comprise a relatively small portion of Oregon's overall forested area. But they're a significant part of the economy in places like Clatsop and Tillamook Counties in northwest Oregon.
Jeff Hickman with the Sierra Club says it will lead to more clear cutting and fewer protections for salmon.
"These are public state forest lands that belong to all Oregonians - he said - and right now this Board of Forestry is just adhering, just bowing down to one interest, and that is timber."