Board approves more logging in Ore. forest

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FORST GROVE, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Board of Forestry has approved a new management plan that will allow more logging in the Elliott State Forest near Reedsport.

The board voted 4-2 Thursday in Forest Grove to approve the plan. It adopts the timber industry model of avoiding threatened and endangered species when planning timber sales, rather than trying to conserve habitat.

The plan was previously approved by the Oregon state Land Board.

It is projected to increase the annual timber harvest by 20 million board feet a year, and boost revenues for the Common School Fund by $3 million to $5 million a year.

The change was praised by the timber industry for generating new jobs. Conservation groups said it would harm fish and wildlife.