June 19, 1991 |
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has for the first time blocked sales of timber from federal land considered vital to the survival of the endangered northern spotted owl, a federal spokesman said. The service blocked 52 timber sales by the Bureau of Land Management--nearly half the agency's annual harvest volume in Oregon. Chris West, vice president of the Northwest Forestry Assn., said the action could be a death blow to many mills in western Oregon, where timber sales from U.S.
July 12, 1991 |
Trumpeting a promising but largely unproven idea, the Forest Service Thursday proposed a logging plan for a remote area of southwestern Oregon that is based on sustaining the forest's complex ecosystem. The 23,000-acre Shasta Costa Creek region of the Siskiyou National Forest, much of it old growth, would become a prototype for the Forest Service's program to promote harvesting by such unorthodox methods as leaving behind a "messy" terrain of live and dead trees and leftover natural debris.
May 20, 1988
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ordered the Bureau of Land Management to refrain from letting new contracts to cut old-growth timber in western Oregon pending further hearings on a lawsuit aimed at protecting the northern spotted owl. Victor Sher, an attorney with the Sierra Club's Legal Defense Fund, said the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments July 19 on the appeal of a district court's dismissal of the case.
September 14, 1989 |
About two dozen demonstrators filed into the Milwaukie, Ore., office of the Times Mirror Land & Timber Co. on Wednesday to protest the sale of wildlife-rich old-growth timber for the lucrative export market. Demonstrator Lydia Avery of Corvallis, Ore., urged the company to spare the grove, near Opal Creek and the Bull of the Woods Wilderness east of Salem, to provide habitat for the rare northern spotted owl and preserve the site of a historic mining claim. Times Mirror Land & Timber Co.