My View: Ruling ensures sustained timber harvest

Thanks to a judge's ruling, all O&C lands classified as timberland shall be managed for the production of timber under the principle of sustained yield.

On Nov. 25, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled in favor of the Association of O&C Counties in a lawsuit brought by the association challenging the federal management plan applicable to O&C lands.

The O&C lands, named for the Oregon & California Railroad Co., are 2.1 million acres that have a unique history and are spread in a checkerboard pattern in 18 counties in western Oregon.