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Recent print and broadcast news coverage of WFLC'c legal cases and advocacy issues listed chronologically. You may also browse news coverage by issue using the menu in the sidebar.
Jun 07, 2006: Timber-salmon plan gets federal go-ahead
Seattle Times, June 6, 2006; In one of the most sweeping deals of its kind in the nation, federal officials Monday agreed to shield timber companies and forest landowners from provisions of the Endangered Species Act for 50 years if they follow new state rules to protect salmon when logging.
Jun 06, 2006: Timber industry gets exemption from endangered-species law
Seattle P-I, June 6, 2006; For the next half-century, Washington's timber industry will be shielded from Endangered Species Act prosecutions for harming salmon and four dozen other types of water creatures, the federal government declared Monday.
May 10, 2006: Editorial: Protect environment and wildlife
Seattle P-I, May 10, 2006; Thanks to successful environmental battles and legal victories of the past, families can still walk through majestic old-growth forests in Washington that are nearly 1,000 years old and bald eagles and peregrine falcons soar through the skies in downtown Seattle on a daily basis.
May 09, 2006: Critics of 50-year exemption to salmon rules say pact 'predecided'
Seattle P-I, May 9, 2006; For years, timber companies and the government have debated environmental groups and Indian tribes over whether Washington's timber industry should get 50 years of protection from Endangered Species Act prosecutions for harming salmon.
Apr 28, 2006: Feds to Do Own Spotted Owl Recovery Plan
ABC News; April 3, 2006; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decides to Do Spotted Owl Recovery Plan Themselves
Apr 19, 2006: With spotted owl count falling, lawsuit is planned
Seattle P-I, April 19, 2006; Audubon Society tells Weyerhaeuser, state they are violating species act.
Mar 23, 2006: Seattle PI Editorial: "Logging: Avoiding lawsuits"
March 23, 2006 -- The missing sounds from Washington's state forestlands should be the war cries of environmentalists, timber companies and public officials.
Mar 22, 2006: The Spokesman Review: "Settlement sets aside spotted owl habitat"
March 22, 2006 -- About 87,000 acres of spotted owl habitat in state forests would be off-limits to most logging under a lawsuit settlement approved by the state Board of Natural Resources.
Mar 20, 2006: Spotted owl or red herring?
March 20, 2006, High Country News. Pretty much everyone agrees that logging on federal lands in the Pacific Northwest has declined by 80 percent since its heyday in the mid-1980s. Job losses in the region’s timber sector over the past two decades number in the tens of thousands. But don’t blame the critical habitat rule, or even the Endangered Species Act.
Mar 01, 2006: DNR worker's job move spurs call for ethics look
A Seattle-based environmental group requested Tuesday that the state ethics commission investigate a Department of Natural Resources official who took a job as a timber-industry lobbyist after overseeing a controversial timber-regulation plan.