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BLM's Western Oregon Plan Angers Nearly All

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Josh Laughlin explains environmental objections.

Tony Hyde and Travis Joseph give objections from timber counties and industry.

The Bureau of Land Management is generally NOT in the business of managing forests in much of the country; it's usually the rangeland agency. 

But whether BLM likes it or not, it is obliged to manage federal forests in Western Oregon that were once lands granted to the Oregon and California Railroad (O&C). 

BLM recently unveiled its proposed final version of the Western Oregon Resource Management Plan, and nearly everybody with a stake in it has a problem with it. 

We examine the contents of the plan and reactions in a series of interviews, including reps from Cascadia Wildlands, Travel Oregon, The Association of O&C Counties, and the American Forest Resource Council.  Hear the viewpoints, then make your own decision; the comment period stays open into early May. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.