March 25, 1996 |
The U.S. Forest Service obstructed an investigation into allegations that Weyerhauser Co. illegally harvested millions of dollars of timber from national forests in Oregon and Northern California, according to two watchdog groups with close ties to agency investigators. Furthermore, the groups contended, the Forest Service quietly acquiesced in the harvesting and has failed to combat large-scale thefts in the nation's vast national forests.
October 8, 1993 |
The Clinton Administration took a key step Thursday to secure support for its long-term Northwest timber harvest plan, striking an interim deal under which logging would be permitted in some areas of Washington and Oregon that have long been off-limits. Under an agreement reached with environmental groups, the Administration would seek federal court approval to allow the sale of 83 million board feet of lumber from national forests that are home to the endangered spotted owl.
June 9, 1992 |
A federal judge Monday extended a ban against U.S. Bureau of Land Management sales of old-growth timber in western Oregon until the agency assesses how logging affects the threatened northern spotted owl. The order appeared likely to halt the sales at least until the middle of next year. U.S. District Judge Helen Frye, who on Feb. 19 granted a temporary injunction against the sales, granted a permanent injunction at the request of groups who sued under federal environmental law.
April 7, 1992 |
When the Cabinet-level committee nicknamed the "God Squad" convenes soon to weigh the future of the northern spotted owl and to decide whether to allow the cutting of timber in its Oregon habitat, one unconventional economic argument it must consider will come down on the side of the owl. University of Oregon economics professor Ed Whitelaw is urging the committee to "put a value on clean air, forested mountains and pristine beaches--a value that has a dollar figure."
February 20, 1992 |
A federal judge in Portland, Ore., issued a preliminary injunction blocking all logging in old-growth forests on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property because of danger to the threatened northern spotted owl's habitat. U.S. District Judge Helen Frye issued the injunction in a lawsuit by several environmental groups. The preliminary injunction will block 26 timber sales awarded by the BLM since Dec. 31 and 23 sales scheduled to be offered in February and March.
November 26, 1991 |
For the first time since the imbroglio over a tiny minnow jeopardized a $120-million Tennessee dam, a committee with authority to sweep aside protection of the Endangered Species Act has been impaneled to weigh the future of the northern spotted owl. The Cabinet-level panel, summoned by Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. and nicknamed the "god squad," received its instructions last week.