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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.
Jan 07, 2006: Timber industry hire eyed as ethics issue
Seattle PI, January 7, 2006; Normally, if someone kills or harms an endangered species, that person is in big legal trouble. But Washington's timber industry won't face such prosecution under a controversial 50-year deal worked out with the federal government by the state Department of Natural Resources.
Nov 19, 2005: Species spiraling into extinction
Seattle PI, November 19, 2005; Newer data show spotted owl numbers plummeting statewide -- seven times faster than expected. While the cause of the decline is complicated, why isn't the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency charged with protecting the threatened birds, bolstering the strategy?
Nov 10, 2005: "Shuttle diplomacy" defended
The Seattle Times, November 10, 2005; Commissioner of Public Lands Doug Sutherland dismissed accusations Wednesday that the man he asked to oversee state and private forestlands tried to secretly kill spotted-owl habitat protections the timber industry didn't like.
Nov 10, 2005: Tighter review of owl habitat rejected
Seattle P-I, November 10, 2005; Stressing the need to collaborate with the timber industry to rescue the spotted owl, the state board that regulates logging companies rejected on Wednesday a proposal to more closely scrutinize timber cutting in the bird's remaining habitat.
Nov 09, 2005: DNR official cut deal with timber on owls
Seattle P-I, November 9, 2005; When a state board sits down today to decide how to best protect spotted owls, the man in charge will be a Department of Natural Resources official who privately huddled with timber industry executives and promised to soften proposed regulations.
Nov 08, 2005: Government has failed to protect northern spotted owl, suit says
The Seattle Times. November 8, 2005; The northern spotted owl, an icon of the Northwest's environmental movement, was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990, but federal officials still have not bothered to come up with a plan for protecting it, said a lawsuit filed by the Washington Forest Law Center on behalf of the Seattle and Kittitas Audubon Societies in U.S. District Court on Monday.
Sep 29, 2005: Seattle Times Editorial: "Go for a "green" forest"
September 29, 2005 -- A King County Superior Court ruling gives State Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland a chance to reconsider pursuit of a more-rigorous forest certification on state lands.
Sep 28, 2005: The Olympian: "Judge rejects timber plan"
Sept. 28, 2005 -- A plan to boost state timber harvests by 30 percent during the next decade was rejected Tuesday by a King County Superior Court judge.
Sep 28, 2005: KOMO: "Judge Rejects State Plan For Increased Logging On Trust Lands"
Sept. 28, 2005 -- A King County Superior Court judge has set aside the state Board of Natural Resources' new 10-year plan for increased logging in Western Washington state forests, saying the panel did not adequately consider the environmental impact.
Sep 28, 2005: Seattle Times: "Judge rejects state logging plan"
Sept. 28, 2005 -- A controversial plan to increase logging in state-owned forests was dealt a defeat yesterday by a King County Superior Court judge, who ruled that the state Department of Natural Resources didn't properly evaluate the impact on spotted owls and threatened salmon, and didn't amply consider less-intrusive logging practices.