PORTLAND, Oregon — A conservation group is warning the Oregon Department of Forestry that it must stop allowing logging on state forests that harms threatened coho salmon, or face a lawsuit.
The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday filed a formal notice of intent to sue the department over logging on the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests in the northwestern corner of Oregon.
The department has been trying to increase state forest harvests while meeting its obligations to protect habitat for threatened and endangered species, but has run into trouble.
Recently the department agreed to drop more than two dozen timber sales on state forests that would remove nesting trees for a threatened seabird, the marbled murrelet.
Spokesman Dan Postrel said the department is evaluating the notice and had no immediate comment.