Lawsuit Threat Faces Land Purchasers:

by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager
Associated Oregon Loggers

Lawsuit Threat Faces Land Purchasers: Environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue two private landowners—claiming timber harvest of marbled murrelet seabird habitat would violate the federal Endangered Species Act. The 1,453 acres, formerly part of the Elliott State Forest, were purchased in May from the Oregon Dept. of State Lands by Seneca Jones Timber Co. and Scott Timber, for a combined $4.2 million. The State Land Board will sell two additional Elliott land tracts this fall—totaling 2,728 acres sold this year to support Common School Fund K-12 education.

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