Forest Service Moves Ahead with Logging the Bybee Project
27 million board feet of timber will be harvested from the controversial Bybee project in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest according to an announcement from the U.S. Forest Service on Monday.
The decision is a modified version of a proposed alternative released in January which called for 45 million board feet to be logged from the 16,215 acre area.
When the environmental analysis for the project was released last January the Forest service received 10,000 comments.
Environmental activists were concerned about the potential for logging adjacent next to Crater Lake, as well as the road construction and the removal of large trees and opposed the project that was supported by several groups including the Jackson County Board of Commissioners and the timber industry.
The project is intended to improve forest health, reduce the potential for a catastrophic wildfire, protect habitat and provide jobs for the region.