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BLM rolls out first WOPR timber sale

GRANTS PASS — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is rolling out the first new timber sale under the Western Oregon Plan Revision, known as the WOPR.

The BLM's Coos Bay District is proposing 1,400 acres of clearcuts and 200 acres of thinning on more than 50 scattered parcels in the Coast Range near the small towns of Langlois and Sixes.

It would not be ready for logging until 2010.

The WOPR was the Bush administration's last big effort to boost logging in the Northwest to increase timber supplies for mills and federal revenues for timber-dependent counties.

But the overall plan faces legal challenges from both the timber industry and conservation groups over its failure to consult federal scientists over endangered species.

— The Associated Press