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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.

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  • Published: Sep 28, 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.

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  • Published: Aug 12, 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.

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  • Published: Aug 11, 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.

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  • Published: Aug 10, 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.

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  • Published: Aug 09, 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.

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  • Published: Jun 16, 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.

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  • Published: Jun 15, 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.

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  • Published: May 26, 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.

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  • Published: May 20, 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.

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  • Published: May 19, 2005

In the Washington woods, managers face a catch-22

High Country News, May 16, 2005; In Washington state, the federal government is close to approving a grand compromise aimed at safeguarding both imperiled fish and timber companies. The proposal has reopened a debate, however, over how to balance the needs of wildlife with the wants of industry.

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  • Published: May 16, 2005

Last call on timber plan for saving salmon

Seattle P-I, May 12, 2005; Environmentalists and some Indian tribes today are expected to blast plans to give Washington's timber industry 50 years of protection from prosecution under Endangered Species Act rules protecting imperiled salmon runs.

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  • Published: May 12, 2005

Last call on timber plan for saving salmon

Seattle P-I, Thursday, May 12, 2005; Environmentalists and some Indian tribes today are expected to blast plans to give Washington's timber industry 50 years of protection from prosecution under Endangered Species Act rules protecting imperiled salmon runs.

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  • Published: May 12, 2005

Best-laid plans can't foresee all - Spotted owl is in decline and another bird may be at fault

Seattle P-I, Thursday, May 5, 2005; For nearly a decade, the Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber company has been operating under a habitat conservation plan covering 125,000 acres in Washington's central Cascades. And yet one of the key species the plan was supposed to protect -- the spotted owl -- is vanishing.

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  • Published: May 05, 2005

"License to Kill" A Seattle P-I Special Report

Seattle P-I, May 3-5, 2005; An extrodinary three part series that lays out in impressive detail the controversies over habitat conservation plans.

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  • Published: May 03, 2005