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Protected Bird Lowers Value Of Coos County Timber

Nov. 12, 2013 | AP
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  • Discovery of the threatened marbled murrelet in the Elliott Sate Forest has drastically lowered the value of three tracts where logging is now in doubt. credit: Oregon Department of Forestry
Discovery of the threatened marbled murrelet in the Elliott Sate Forest has drastically lowered the value of three tracts where logging is now in doubt. | credit: Oregon Department of Forestry | rollover image for more

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The discovery of a threatened bird in the Elliott Sate Forest in Coos County has drastically lowered the value of three tracts where logging is now in doubt.

The Oregonian reports state appraisals dropped from $22 million to less than $4 million after a marbled murrelet was spotted last summer by state surveyors and volunteers with the Coast Range Forest Watch, a conservation group that opposes the timber sale.

The murrelet is a threatened seabird species that nests in large trees.

The state uses timber revenue from the Elliott State Forest to fund public education.

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