Forest health, a major factor in the discussion of Oregon’s historic 2020 wildfire season is at the heart of a proposed rule change in the type of trees that can be logged.
The change would affect trees larger than 21 inches in diameter on six national forests across Central and Eastern Oregon.
It’s part of a 25-year-old management plan called the Eastside Screens.
The forest service says the option to cut larger trees will make the forest healthier and reduce fire fuel.
Environmental groups around the state oppose cutting larger, older trees and belive the rule change is election-year nod to the timber industry.
The original project timeline called for a 30 day comment period, the minimum time for the public to weigh in.
The forest service extended that window, which closes Tuesday.