The state of Oregon has been trying to manage the Elliott State Forest in a way that allows some logging in the southwestern forest in order to provide revenue for schools, but preservationists have been litigating against such efforts on a regular basis - so much so that the state lost $3 million last year. As a result, the state decided to sell some of it.
Cue the preservationists:
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Conservation groups have gone to court to block the sale of a portion of the Elliott State Forest to a private timber company.
They can't use the Northern Spotted Owl as an excuse, since it's been found that the species doesn't actually need old growth forest habitat as previously claimed; their problem is that the more aggressive Barred Owl competes with them. So the preservationists are going with a two-pronged approach: some of the Elliott State Forest used to be part of the Siuslaw National Forest prior to a land-swap between the state and the feds. And the Marbled Murrelet may need that forestland for nesting.
They'll do whatever it takes to make all but 2% of the land in Oregon a park.