Three people were arrested at a protest Monday at the Seneca-Jones Biomass plant in north Eugene.
The state of Oregon recently finalized the sale of a nearly 800 acre tract of the Elliott State Forest called East Hakki Ridge to Seneca Jones.
Environmentalists with Earth First! and Cascadia Forest Defenders say the area is home to the federally protected marbled murrelet.
As for East Hakki Ridge, Payne says Seneca has "no immediate plans" and that it will be "managed" with its other 165,000 acres of tree farm.
Three protesters were arrested. One has been charged with burglary. All three face charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. They were lodged at the Lane County Jail.