Timber industry sues to increase logging in Ore.



GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The timber industry has sued the Obama administration to get them to start logging more on federal lands in Western Oregon.

The American Forest Resource Council and others filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., against Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Salazar faces a court deadline Friday in a separate case to say what he plans to do with the Western Oregon Plan Revision, a Bush administration plan to increase logging on the so-called Oregon & California railroad timberlands overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Managet.

Salazar withdrew the plan, saying it was not defensible under the Endangered Species Act. A judge ruled that withdrawal was not done properly.

The timber industry lawsuit also contends the timber volume under the plan should double.