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Courthouse News Service: "Greens Win One for Salmon and Owls"

June 2, 2015 -- A federal judge vacated 50-year "incidental take permits" for timber harvesting in Northern spotted owl and Coho salmon habitat in a wilderness area.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jun 02, 2015

The Oregonian: "Feds reject Oregon's coastal pollution plan"

January 30, 2015 - Federal regulators have ruled Oregon's plan for reducing coastal pollution due to runoff from logging, agriculture, stormwater runoff and other sources insufficient.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jan 30, 2015

AP: "Regulators: Oregon logging rules don't protect fish, water"

January 30, 2015 - Feds rule that Oregon's logging rules do not protect from pollution caused by current practices.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jan 30, 2015

Portland Tribune: "Clash of the green giants"

October 24, 2013 -- “Green Globes” is billing itself as the industry friendly alternative to the LEED rating system for green building projects. Supporters of LEED claim that the Green Globes system is nothing more than greenwashing.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Oct 24, 2013

Pulp Fiction? "Some eco-labels for wood are less green than they appear"

August 15, 2013 -- For years, a debate has raged among supporters of two competing programs that certify wood products were harvested and milled in a sustainable manner.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Aug 15, 2013

Issaquah Press: "Partnership reaches agreement to save Squak Mountain forestland"

July 22, 2013 -- An agreement has been finalized for permanent public ownership of important forestland on Squak Mountain.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jul 22, 2013

The Seattle Times: "Secretive birds at center of ‘big collision’ between habitat, logging"

June 5, 2013 -- Marbled murrelets are continuing to decline as the state Department of Natural Resources convenes public hearings on long-awaited management plans for their habitat on state forest lands.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jun 05, 2013

The New York Times: "Environmentalists’ complaint exposes rift between ‘green’ certification groups"

May 31, 2013 -- Conservation groups charge that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, a group originally formed by big timber companies, defrauds the public by certifying that products carrying its label are harvested using only environmentally responsible practices.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: May 31, 2013

Los Angeles Times: "Consumer question: When is 'green' logging really green?"

May 31, 2013 -- How can buyers of lumber, paper and other wood products be guaranteed sufficient information to know that that their purchases aren’t funding massive clearcuts and wildlife habitat destruction?

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: May 31, 2013

Los Angeles Times: "Conservation groups challenge green forest product certification"

May 30, 2013 -- Conservation groups file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that timber companies were engaging in irresponsible harvest practices while claiming “green” certification for sustainability.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: May 30, 2013

Miami Herald: "Green seal not worth paper it's printed on"

May 29, 2013 -- ForestEthics plans to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission that says one of the largest organizations that certify forestry practices misleads consumers about the sources of the products that carry its seal of approval.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: May 29, 2013

The Seattle Times: "King County proposes to buy forest on Squak Mountain"

May 9, 2013 -- King County, with The Trust for Public Land as an intermediary, has tentatively agreed to buy 216 acres next to the Cougar Mountain/Squak Mountain Corridor.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: May 09, 2013

The Oregonian: "Supreme Court decision won't end battle over logging road pollution, activists vow"

March 20, 2013 -- The Court's decision will not end efforts to improve logging road runoff rules.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Mar 20, 2013

The New York Times: "Justices Back Loggers in Water Runoff Case"

March 20, 2013 -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that logging companines were not required to obtain permits for stormwater runoff from logging roads.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Mar 20, 2013

Issaquah Reporter: "Plot thickens on Squak"

March 20, 2013 -- Logging permit withdrawn by landowner amid concerns for fish habitat protection.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Mar 20, 2013