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Crosscut: "Back to the drawing board on spotted owls"

April 17, 2009 -- A new administration signals yet another deep examination about how to save forest habitats for endangered spotted owls. After decades of studies and litigation and administrative maneuvers, are we any closer to a solution?

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Apr 17, 2009

Seattle Times: "Obama administration wants new spotted-owl plan"

The Obama administration appears to be backing away from a controversial Bush-era plan for endangered Northwest spotted owls.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Apr 01, 2009

New York Times: "Loggers Try to Adapt to Greener Economy"

March 29, 2009 -- Booming timber towns with three-shift lumber mills are a distant memory in the densely forested Northwest. Now, with the housing market and the economy in crisis, some rural areas have never been more raw. Mills keep closing. People keep leaving. Unemployment in some counties is near 20 percent.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Mar 29, 2009

KUOW News: "Preliminary Results of Washington Steep-Slope Logging Study"

March 19, 2009 -- Scientists are wrapping up a year–long study into logging on steep slopes in southwest Washington State. Preliminary results reveal that even moderate slopes slid during a major rainstorm in December 2007.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Mar 19, 2009

Seattle PI: "Shady Bush deal could see light of day"

January 25, 2009 -- The Obama Administration's new, let-the-sun-shine-in freedom of information policy has both sides buzzing in a major lawsuit over a controversial Bush administration lumber deal.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jan 25, 2009

Bellingham Herald: "Lands commissioner tours landslide areas in Whatcom County"

January 23, 2009 -- After a tour of Whatcom County areas ravaged by landslides, state Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark promised landowners that the Washington Department of Natural Resources will do its best to reduce the chances of future slides originating on the state's timber lands.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jan 23, 2009

Audubon Magazine: "Owl War II"

When the Clinton administration implemented its Northwest Forest Plan, the environmental community and the press, assuming the northern spotted owl had been saved, moved on to other issues. Now the owls are telling a different story. It’s not too late to save them from oblivion, but it will require a dramatic shift in strategy.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jan 15, 2009

Seattle Times: "Groups challenge plan for spotted-owl recovery"

November 25, 2008 -- Conservation groups are suing the Bush administration to undo the northern-spotted-owl recovery plan that is making it possible to ramp up old-growth-forest logging in Oregon.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Nov 25, 2008

Seattle Times: "Conservation groups file suit in Seattle over timber-settlement funds"

September 12, 2008 -- Three conservation groups are suing the federal government over a decision to give millions of dollars to forestry foundations, saying the money illegally bypassed the U.S. Treasury and Congress.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Sep 12, 2008

Seattle PI: "Environmentalists sue over Canadian timber agreement"

September 8, 2008 -- Environmentalists are filing a lawsuit this week against the federal government for what they say was an illegal and unfair agreement with Canadian leaders to settle a dispute over timber sales.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Sep 08, 2008

Seattle Times: "As spotted owl's numbers keep falling, some fear it's doomed"

The northern spotted owl — an endangered icon that spurred a rescue effort so sweeping it brought old-growth logging to a virtual standstill in the Northwest — is now closer than ever to extinction.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Aug 13, 2008

Seattle Times: "Slides putting our highways in danger"

July 14, 2008 -- The state Department of Natural Resources, which enforces forestry rules, can restrict clear-cutting when geological reviews indicate landslides could put public safety or public resources at risk. But near Highway 6 and other roadside logging sites, state foresters often have opted to skip these reviews when approving logging permits.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jul 14, 2008

Seattle Times: "Logging and landslides: What went wrong?"

July 13, 2008 -- With little scrutiny from state geologists, Weyerhaeuser has been allowed to clear-cut unstable slopes. When December's storms hit, many of these heavily logged mountains gave way to hundreds of landslides.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jul 13, 2008

Seattle PI: "Forestry groups queried on U.S. funds"

July 10, 2008 -- A controversial Bush administration deal that funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to groups friendly with the timber industry drew inquiries this week from two U.S. senators, who demanded to know what's being done with the money to help the environment.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jul 10, 2008

Seattle PI: "Northern spotted owl lawsuit settled"

A settlement has been reached in a 2006 environmental lawsuit that sought to block logging on 50,000 acres of private timberland to protect the threatened northern spotted owl.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Jul 03, 2008