Travis Joseph, president of the Portland-based American Forest Resource Council, said Friday the expansion improperly included several thousand acres of federal land that Congress has prioritized for logging.
A key hunters’ group takes a stance on maintaining public land, which continues to percolate as a political issue.
Friends of the Clearwater filed a lawsuit challenging the Forest Service’s analysis that found logging and other work near Orogrande won’t degrade the area or threaten its roadless status and its future as a potential wilderness designation.
Seven groups argue officials ignored key public input and violated existing statutes and policies in developing the plan.
Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is made like it sounds: rafts of 2-by-4 beams aligned in perpendicular layers, then glued — or laminated — together like a giant sandwich.