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The New York Times: "For Sustainable Wood, a New and Unloved Standard"

October 22, 2010 -- Next week, the USGBC begins casting ballots on whether or not to adopt new standards that would open up LEED certification to any timber certification system that meets a series of sustainability benchmarks.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Oct 22, 2010

Seattle Magazine: "How Green is Thy Lumber?"

October 11, 2010 -- Seattle's green building community questions which wood certification system is good enough for LEED seal of approval.

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  • Published: Oct 11, 2010

Ellensburg Daily Record: "AFLC seeks longer planning delay"

October 3, 2010 -- American Forest Land Co. is calling for a further delay in relaunching the public land-use planning process for all Teanaway lands.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Oct 03, 2010

The Oregonian: "Settlement requires stricter regulation of Oregon coast logging"

September 28, 2010 -- Private timber owners and loggers in much of Oregon's Coast Range will face more stringent environmental regulations to protect streams under a court settlement issued Tuesday.

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  • Published: Sep 28, 2010

Crosscut: "Spotted owls get a hand from Obama, but is it enough?"

September 20, 2010 -- The Obama administration has pushed aside a weak Bush-era protection plan. But the owl is in precarious condition.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Sep 20, 2010

Ellensburg Daily Record: "Planning process to resume for 57,000 acres in the Teanaway River valley"

September 9, 2010 -- Community input will restart soon in a continuing effort to plan for the future use of nearly 57,000 acres of Upper Teanaway lands.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Sep 09, 2010

Seattle Times: "Federal judge orders revised spotted-owl plan"

September 3, 2010 -- A federal judge is requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revise a Bush administration recovery plan for the northern spotted owl, and the federal agency said Thursday it plans to release a draft next week.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Sep 03, 2010

The Oregonian: "Judge orders government to revise plan to protect Pacific Northwest's northern spotted owls"

September 2, 2010 -- In what conservation groups say is a win for science over political manipulation, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must revise its recovery and habitat designation plans for the northern spotted owl.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Sep 02, 2010

Tillamook Headlight Herald: "Judge: Logging roads pollute"

August 24, 2010 -- Local timber interests are bracing for the potential impact of a court ruling that dirt, rock and sand runoff from logging roads is a form of pollution requiring a permit under the Clean Water Act.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Aug 24, 2010

OPB: "Logging Road Runoff Decision Could Have Big Implications in NW"

August 17, 2010 -- Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that rainwater channeled by logging roads into rivers and streams is pollution and can be regulated under the Clean Water Act.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Aug 17, 2010

Seattle Times: "Appeals court: mud from logging roads is pollution"

August 17, 2010 -- A federal appeals court Tuesday decided that mud washing off logging roads is pollution and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to write regulations to reduce the amount that reaches salmon streams.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Aug 17, 2010

Investigate West: "Northwest reps in Congress call for investigation into timber 'slush fund'"

July 2, 2010 -- Pacific Northwest members of Congress ask the GAO to investigate the Softwood Lumber Agreement’s distribution of funds to groups in the United States, including those with ties to the U.S. timber industry.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jul 02, 2010

OPB: "Spotted Owl Surviving 20 Years After Controversial Decision"

June 24, 2010 -- Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most controversial decisions ever for Northwest forests. On June 26th, 1990, the Northern Spotted Owl was put on the Endangered Species list. Scientists at the time were worried the Northern Spotted Owl was on the brink of extinction.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jun 24, 2010

Ellensbury Daily Record: "Kittitas County prosecutor does not file charges in AFLC binders"

May 28, 2010 -- The Kittitas County Prosecuting Attorney's Office will not charge two men involved in removing public records from the county's Community Development Services Department. Those records included parcel segregation requests initially submitted to the county by the American Forest Land Co. in 2004 and later amended and re-filed in 2007 along with two other sets of parcel segregation requests.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: May 28, 2010

Valley Advocate: "Who Decides What's Sustainable?"

May 13, 2010 -- As many as one in every five new homes and a quarter of municipal buildings and office towers are expected to qualify as "green" buildings two years from now. But what does that really mean?

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: May 13, 2010