Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution urging the Oregon Department of Forestry to preserve a 152-foot tall Western red cedar as a state treasure.

The tree is estimated to be more than 800 years old. It grows on a 286-acre parcel of state land near Cannon Beach.

Reports say that the resolution asks that the parcel be designated as a high-value conservation area.

Astoria District Forester Tom Savage says the land is already designated as a marbled murrelet management area, and any landowner has to comply with Endangered Species Act protections for the seabird that nests in old-growth trees.

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