Pilot project in Ore. forest gets first sale

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has made its first timber sale in a forest restoration pilot project under way in Southern Oregon.

The Medford Mail-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/pafuXf ) the sale was completed for $230,606. The sale covers about 250 acres and leases the land for 2 years.

The wood-products firm that bought the land can begin work on it immediately.

The pilot project is part of an effort thought up by professors at Oregon State and the University of Washington to preserve the largest trees and habitat for endangered species while producing wood for mills and reducing fuel for wildfires.

In the pilot sale, all the trees slated for cutting are less than 50 years old.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/