March 30, 1996 |
Following its own nine-month inquiry, the Agriculture Department's inspector general has determined that laws may have been broken in connection with a high-profile timber theft investigation in Oregon and Northern California, a spokeswoman said. The inspector general turned the matter over to the U.S. attorney's office in Oregon on March 15 "for prosecutorial decisions because we found potential violations," said spokeswoman Nancy Bartel.
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.
August 19, 1995 |
The Murray Pacific Corp. had just closed the book on its portentous encounter with three northern spotted owls, whose wing beats in the night had tied up nearly four square miles of rich timberland--about half the firm's salable trees--in a bid to save the threatened bird. For two years, the only sound within 1.8 miles of the owls' known nests was the hooting of biologists seeking to lure and count whatever birds might be lurking in the trees.
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."