Flat Country deal withdrawn

Old growth sale splinters

A controversial timber project in the Willamette National Forest, just east of Springfield, was put on hold last week following pressure on the Biden administration to conserve old-growth and mature forests as a way to keep carbon in trees as part of its fight against climate change.

Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa on Thursday withdrew the agency’s decision on the Flat Country Project, which proposed a mixture of logging and forest management on 4,500 acres of Willamette National Forest. The Forest Service said it will reassess the project and issue another . . .