Campaigns over logging in western Oregon ramp up

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PORTLAND — Campaigns over proposals to increase logging in western Oregon federal forests are ramping up, and two significant steps are expected within weeks.

The U.S. House plans to take up a bipartisan bill from three Oregon members, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is expected to reveal his proposals for what are known as the O&C lands. The government has managed the forests since a railroad company went bust in the 19th century and lost its land grants.

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