Board member wants to expand state’s no-logging buffers

The buffers are meant to keep salmon streams cool

In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, photo, workers sort logs for a customer at a timber yard in Jakarta, Indonesia. The European Union has admitted Indonesia to a special licensing system for timber exports it hopes will prevent the illegally felled tropical logs that make up the bulk of the country's wood production from being shipped to the 28-nation bloc. But some environmental and civil society groups are already concerned the licensing system could become a conduit for illegal timber from a country where tropical forests are being cut down at an epic rate. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A member of the Oregon Board of Forestry is pushing for the extension of streamside no-logging buffers in the state’s Jackson and Josephine counties.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that the buffers would be similar to those already proposed for the rest of Western Oregon. They are meant to keep salmon streams cool.

Board member Cindy Deacon Williams of Medford tried to get the Siskiyou Region added to the proposals last year but it was voted down because data from the region wasn’t included in the report used to support buffer expansion. Williams, who is a consulting fisheries biologist, says she will ask to have existing data mined and hopes the issue will be addressed in the coming year.

Man streams in the Rogue River Basin are already considered too warm for salmon.