BLM Delays Timber Sale
The 2.3 million-board-feet Williams Thin timber sale originally scheduled to be auctioned off today in the Applegate River drainage, has been delayed by the Bureau of Land Management while it studies the ramifications of last month’s federal court decision in a lawsuit brought by the timber industry.
BLM is focusing on the portion of the judge’s ruling that prohibits the use of the northern spotted owl estimation methodology, which uses a computer model to estimate the owl population.
The plaintiffs have filed and emergency motion, asking the court to require the agency to offer the sale, and two others, one in the Roseburg district and one in the Eugene district. They are charging the agency with not meeting the timber harvest requirements under the federal 1937 O and C act. The total board feet for all three sales is just under 10 million-board-feet.
The plaintiffs in the case include the Swanson Group and Rough and Ready Lumber.