Logging proposed near Crater Lake National Park

PORTLAND, Ore. — Timber and environmental groups are debating a logging proposal on the western border of Crater Lake National Park.

The public comment period ends Thursday on an environmental assessment, and the Forest Service could approve logging or conduct a more exhaustive environmental impact statement.

The Oregonian reports) environmentalists have gathered 10,000 comments in opposition to the Bybee timber sale.

George Sexton of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center says the operation would run logging roads into an area functioning as wilderness in one of Oregon's highest-value recreation areas.

Dave Schott of the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association says annual growth in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is outpacing the annual cut by at least 10 times. He says the logging would follow the Northwest Forest Plan.

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