Discovery Of A Protected Bird Lowers Value of Coastal Timber

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th November NewsCoast Range Forest WatchElliott State Forestmarbeled murrelet
The discovery of a threatened bird in the Elliott Sate Forest in Coos County has drastically lowered the value of three tracts where logging is now in doubt. The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/182dTD1) state appraisals dropped from $22 million to less than $4 million after a marbled murrelet was spotted last summer by state surveyors and volunteers with the Coast Range Forest Watch, a conservation group that opposes the timber sale. The murrelet is a threatened seabird species that nests in large trees. The state uses timber revenue from the Elliott State Forest to fund public education.

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