COOS BAY, Ore. — The state of Oregon has withdrawn more than 900 acres of planned timber sales in Elliott State Forest, pending the outcome of an environmental lawsuit.
The World reports the Oregon Department of Forestry plans instead to open 465 acres of alternative logging sites that were not named in the lawsuit.
Forestry spokesman Kevin Weeks estimates the change in plans will cost the Common School Fund about $9.85 million in income next year.
The environmental groups say deferred logging means another year of protection for the endangered marbled murrelet sea bird.
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