Coquille tribe to help feds on timber management



COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — The Coquille Tribe will be collaborating with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to bring more sustainable forest management to some federal timberlands in Coos County.

The World newspaper in Coos Bay reports Interior Secretary Ken Salazar endorses the idea.

The project on the so-called Coos Bay Wagon Road lands will draw on the guidance of forestry professors Norm Johnson of Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington. They are also designing pilot projects to restore healthy forest conditions and provide timber for local mills on BLM lands near Roseburg and Medford.

Tribal spokesman Ray Doering says the tribe won’t make any money to start on the pilot project. But it could lead to an arrangement benefiting the tribe and Coos County government.