Oregon Department of Forestry Settles ESA Lawsuit and Agrees to Better Protect Salmon from Logging Activities

The Center for Biological Diversity, Cascadia Wildlands, and Native Fish Society settled Endangered Species Act (ESA) litigation they brought against the Oregon Department of Forestry (“Department”) to protect coho salmon from the harms of logging. The suit alleged that the Department had harmed threatened coho salmon with logging activities that that smothered coho spawning and rearing habitats. Under the terms of the settlement, the Department agreed to expand stream buffers across more than half a million acres of the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests.