Discussion Topic: Sportsmen Blast BLM, Stump for Trees

From The Oregonian:
_Fishing and hunting groups say a Bush administration plan to expand logging on 2.5 million acres in western Oregon could harm fish and prized big game such as Roosevelt elk, blacktail deer and black bear.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plan, open for public comment through Friday, would increase clear-cutting on BLM land, reduce wildlife habitat, allow more all-terrain vehicle use and road construction and decrease stream protection, the angler and hunting groups say. . . .

Bob Gerding, a hunter and angler whose family owns 300 acres of forestland outside Philomath, describes the BLM plans as "large-scale clear-cutting."

"There has to be a happy medium," he said. "You can go in and thin a forest, increase the yield and still preserve habitat."_

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