The Oregon Board of Forestry has reversed its decision to deny a petition from conservation groups that called for the identification and protection of sites used by a threatened Pacific Northwest seabird, the marbled murrelet, on state and private forest lands. The Board is now coordinating with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to identify and protect important old-growth forest areas for the bird, which is threatened with extinction.

“It is reassuring to see the Board reverse course on this issue, especially given Oregon’s current efforts to sell off the Elliott State Forest,” said Nick Cady, legal director of Cascadia Wildlands. “The Elliott is a unique block of old-growth forest that is critical to the survival and recovery of this species, and should be the first area prioritized by the Board.”

Marbled murrelets require mature old-growth forests to raise their young in. ”The marbled murrelet is the only seabird in the world that nests in old-growth forests and needs our help to survive,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “I’m thrilled Oregon’s Board of Forestry is finally stepping up to provide protections to this imperiled bird and the forests it depends on.”

Cascadia Wildlands and the Center for Biological Diversity are active defenders of Oregon wildlands, wildlife, forests and water, who take on corporations and the state with science-based positions on Oregon policy.