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Secretary Salazar Forestry Press Conference -- February 2012

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Uploaded on Feb 28, 2012

During a visit to one of three ecological forestry pilot projects in Oregon, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced at a press conference that the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will apply ecological forestry principles on a broader landscape to restore forest health and to provide sustainable timber harvests for local mills and the communities who rely on the timber industry for jobs and economic strength.

In December 2010, Secretary Salazar set in motion a plan to apply the principles of active forest management, as suggested by Professors Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin, on BLM lands within the Coos Bay, Roseburg, and Medford Districts in Oregon. The Medford pilot project, which was the first of the three sales, received no protests or administrative appeals and sold for more than four times the appraised value.

Based on the promise of these pilot projects, which is described in the recently-released Forestry Pilot Project Report, Salazar announced today that in addition to continued work on these three pilots, the BLM will plan for least five additional timber sales using ecological forestry principles by the end of Fiscal Year 2013.

Additional information is available online at:

www.blm.gov/or/resources/forests/index.p­hp

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