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Judge Puts a Halt To Logging Project Near Springfield

Courtesy of Chris Banducci- Cascadia Wildlands

A federal judge has ruled against the Bureau of Land Management’s plans to log on a tract adjacent to the Thurston Hills Natural Area in Springfield. 

The 100-acre Pedal Power timber sale was proposed shortly after Willamalane Parks built a network of hiking and biking trails in collaboration with BLM. People who live near Thurston Hills objected to the logging project, citing the potential for increased wildfire risk. Nick Cady is with Cascadia Wildlands, which, with Oregon Wild, filed a lawsuit to stop it.

Cady: “This is a designated recreation area. And the BLM was proposing clearcutting directly over these proposed trails. That was going to increase fire hazard for about 400 residences, is what they estimated, for the next 40 to 50 years.”

Judge Michael McShane ordered the BLM to issue a new environmental review of the logging proposal that takes into account the potential fire risk. 

BLM says it's still reviewing the judge's ruling.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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