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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