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Capitol Demonstrators Protest Land Board Decision on Logging
Demonstrators protesting plans to increase logging on state land have invaded the Oregon Capitol.
A handful of demonstrators chained themselves together Monday in the offices of State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Secretary of State Kate Brown. About two dozen others sang songs, chanted and marched through the Capitol.
Wheeler, Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber make up the State Land Board, which angered environmentalists last year with a plan to increase logging in the Elliott State Forest. The plan is projected to increase the annual timber harvest by 20 million board feet per year and boost school funding by $3 million to $5 million annually.
The timber industry has said the plan will create new jobs, but conservation groups say it would harm fish and wildlife.