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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.
Oct 25, 2017: The Seattle Times: "20-year plan aims to reduce Eastern Washington wildfires, improve forest health"
October 25, 2017 -- The plan involves a combination of forest restoration work to combat insects and disease, and prescribed burns in a large swath of Eastern Washington, which is much drier than the western part of the state.
Jun 02, 2015: 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.
Jan 30, 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.
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.
Oct 24, 2013: 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.
Aug 15, 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.
Jul 22, 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.
Jun 05, 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.
May 31, 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.
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?