Marbled Murrelet

Oregon Department of Forestry

Conservation groups want timber companies to know they'll sue if an endangered seabird's habitat is threatened by logging. The groups object to the potential privatization of the Elliott State Forest in Oregon's coast range.

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Environmentalists gathered in Salem Tuesday to protest Oregon’s decision to sell off state forest land. The governor and other top state officials approved a plan to auction off about 3 percent of the Elliott State Forest. It’s their latest attempt to make the forest produce revenue for schools. Any prospective buyers will have to deal with an endangered sea bird.

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Conservation groups are urging the Obama administration to keep logging restrictions in place for nearly 4 million acres of coastal forests in the Pacific Northwest. Otherwise, they say a threatened species of seabird could be at greater risk of extinction.