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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.
Sep 28, 2005: Seattle PI: "Judge Blocks Timber Plan"
Sept. 28, 2005 -- A King County judge Tuesday slapped down plans to boost logging on 1.4 million acres of state-owned forests in Western Washington, saying the Department of Natural Resources' blueprint fails to adequately protect salmon and spotted owls.
Aug 12, 2005: Scientists watching spotted owls where barred owl invaders killed
The Seattle P-I, August 12, 2005;Federal biologists are getting their first look at whether northern spotted owls will move back into areas where barred owls that invaded their territory have been killed.
Aug 11, 2005: New Spotted Owl Rescue Bid Gets Under Way
Seattle P-I, August 11, 2005; "Alarming" studies showing Washington's spotted owl population dropping fast prompted federal and state officials this week to announce two initiatives that could protect the bird and the oldgrowth forests where it thrives.
Aug 10, 2005: Details scant on federal plan for spotted owl
The News Tribune, August 10th, 2005; The shy northern spotted owl – last decade’s symbol of the Pacific Northwest logging wars – once again finds itself at the center of the dispute.
Aug 09, 2005: Spotted owl is on a dangerous decline
Seattle P-I, August 9, 2005; In Washington, the plan to save the spotted owl is not working. The little-seen bird that launched the gut-wrenching timber wars of the early 1990s is declining in this state at nearly twice the rate predicted by federal scientists. And the pace at which the bird is spiraling toward extinction is quickening, researchers say. Some of the steepest declines are in the Cascades just east of Seattle.
Jun 16, 2005: Avoid date in court by strengthening habitat plan
Seattle P-I, June 16, 2005; Washington's proposed Habitat Conservation Plan, if approved by the Bush administration, would bless state forest practices rules as adequate to protect not just salmon habitat but also habitat for 55 native fish and amphibians dependent on healthy stream systems.
Jun 15, 2005: Clash of cousins: Spotted owl, barred owl talks take flight at HSU
Eureka Times-Standard, June 15, 2005; One of the most fought over endangered species in the history of the West appears to be losing ground to a bigger, badder cousin originally from the East.
May 26, 2005: Environmentalists, tribes oppose state's forest-management plan
Seattle P-I, May 26, 2005; Today, seven years after their self-imposed deadline, state officials finally have gotten around to filling in crucial blanks left in the forest-management strategy.
May 20, 2005: Spotted owl debate renewed
Seattle P-I, May 20, 2005; Washington's rules for logging in forests where spotted owls live have serious shortcomings that are likely contributing to the imperiled bird's "significant and ... accelerating" decline, according to a study by state wildlife officials.
May 19, 2005: Enforce the Endangered Species Act
Seattle P-I, May 19, 2005; The Post-Intelligencer's recent series on how exemptions to the Endangered Species Act are driving many species to extinction illuminates the empty shell of promises by the federal government to protect these resources.