Wider stream buffers sought for southwest Oregon
New rules calling for wider stream buffers in Western Oregon exempted the Siskiyou Region
Advocates for wild fish and clean water want the state's top environmental managers to apply new Oregon Department of Forestry rules that expand streamside riparian protection rules on Western Oregon's private and commercial forestlands to southwest Oregon.
Forrest English, program director for Ashland-based Rogue Riverkeeper, said Gov. Kate Brown or the state Environmental Quality Commission should step in and enact wider no-cut buffers to shade fish-bearing streams and provide other benefits for wild salmon and other inhabitants.
English said the Siskiyou Mountains region was improperly left off those new buffers that will be applied to the rest of Western Oregon once the rules to put the board's November policy vote in action are written.
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