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With spotted owl count falling, lawsuit is planned

Seattle P-I, April 19, 2006; Audubon Society tells Weyerhaeuser, state they are violating species act.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Apr 19, 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.

  • Posted by mlown
  • Published: Mar 23, 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.

  • Posted by mlown
  • Published: Mar 22, 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.

  • Posted by clevy
  • Published: Mar 20, 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.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Mar 01, 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.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jan 07, 2006

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?

  • Posted by clevy
  • Published: Nov 19, 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.

  • Posted by clevy
  • Published: 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.

  • Posted by clevy
  • Published: Nov 10, 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.

  • Posted by clevy
  • Published: Nov 09, 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.

  • Posted by clevy
  • Published: Nov 08, 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.

  • Posted by clevy
  • Published: Sep 29, 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.

  • Posted by clevy
  • Published: 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.

  • Posted by clevy
  • Published: 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.

  • Posted by clevy
  • Published: Sep 28, 2005