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Groups oppose forest certification of Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek

Boston Globe, December 31, 2006; Conservation groups are moving beyond the courtroom into the marketplace to pressure two of the nation's largest timber companies to green up their acts on private forest lands, and challenge the timber industry's sustainable forestry standard.

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  • Published: Jan 10, 2007

Coming Soon: Return of the Owl?

King County Bar Journal, January 2007; In Star Wars, the finale was "Return of the Jedi." In The Lord of the Rings, it was "The Return of the King." But, gosh, just when environmentalists are getting more and more media savvy, does their latest sequel have to be "Return of the Spotted Owl?"

  • Posted by mlown
  • Published: Jan 09, 2007

Boston Globe: "Groups oppose forest certification of Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek"

December 31, 2006 -- Conservation groups are moving beyond the courtroom into the marketplace to pressure two of the nation's largest timber companies to green up their acts on private forest lands, and challenge the timber industry's sustainable forestry standard.

  • Posted by mlown
  • Published: Dec 31, 2006

Washington Post: "Two Timber Firms Pretending To Be 'Green,' Groups Allege"

December 24, 2006 -- Environmentalists Want Companies' Lucrative Certification Revoked

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  • Published: Dec 27, 2006

Group wants logging ban to protect owl

Seattle P-I, November 14, 2006; Citing a "prolonged and accelerating decline" that halved Washington's spotted owl population since the early 1990s, a Seattle environmental group asked a federal judge Monday to bar logging on about 50,000 acres of private timberlands in Western Washington.

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  • Published: Nov 15, 2006

Rules are adopted to protect spotted owl here

Seattle Times, August 10, 2006; State forestry rules aimed at protecting the northern spotted owl will neither aid the bird's declining numbers nor stop a possible lawsuit from conservationists, a lawyer said Wednesday.

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  • Published: Aug 10, 2006

The Oregonian: "Suit to attack logging roads' dirty water"

June 22, 2006 -- An environmental group alleges polluted runoff is streaming into the Trask, Kilchis rivers. A Portland legal group known for making polluters clean up their acts is taking aim at logging roads in the Coast Range that it says funnel chocolate-brown water into prime salmon rivers with every heavy rain.

  • Posted by mlown
  • Published: Jun 22, 2006

HCP: now, the hard part (Editorial)

Official federal acknowledgment of Washington's homegrown plan to manage its streams and forests for the next 50 years is a laudable achievement. But there is a catch.

  • Posted by mlown
  • Published: Jun 07, 2006

Feds put finishing touch on 50-year timber harvest plan

Federal wildlife officials gave their blessing Monday to a 50-year forestry plan aimed at saving Washington state's salmon runs while shielding timber companies from costly Endangered Species Act lawsuits.

  • Posted by mlown
  • Published: Jun 07, 2006

Long-sought forest rules OK'd

- Regulations affect private and public landowners throughout state

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  • Published: 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.

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  • Published: Jun 07, 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.

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  • Published: Jun 06, 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.

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  • Published: May 10, 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.

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  • Published: May 09, 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

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  • Published: Apr 28, 2006