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October 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
WASHINGTON, D.C. More than 125 scientists, including chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall and biologist Edward O. Wilson, have a signed a letter opposing the Bush administration's plan to reverse a Clinton-era ban on road building and logging in 58 million acres of remote national forests.
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BUSINESS
October 14, 2004 | From Reuters
The United States will file a rare "extraordinary challenge" to a decision by a North American Free Trade Agreement panel that Canadian softwood shipments did not threaten the American lumber industry, the Bush administration said. A NAFTA panel on Aug. 31 ruled that the U.S. lumber industry was not threatened by billions of dollars in annual imports of Canadian spruce, pine, fir and other woods used to build and remodel houses. That ruling could potentially end U.S.
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October 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal appeals court has temporarily halted a timber sale in the Gallatin National Forest that environmentalists argue would damage wildlife habitat near Yellowstone National Park. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency injunction late Friday, said Tim Bechtold, who represents the three conservation groups that filed the lawsuit in July. The stay halts logging and road building, he said.
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September 29, 2004 | Tom Hamburger and Alan C. Miller, Times Staff Writers
Environmental groups filed a petition with a federal appeals court and the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, seeking to overturn a federal rule intended to spare many wood product plants from strict pollution controls, saying the regulation does not adequately protect public health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2004 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge has blocked a national forest logging project in a roadless tract of the Sierra Nevada after concluding it could worsen the threat of destructive wildfires. In a highly critical opinion, a Sacramento-based U.S. District Court judge found the U.S. Forest Service ignored several scientific studies as well as backcountry protections when it approved the timber cutting in the Tahoe National Forest. The project, wrote Judge Morrison C. England Jr.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Lumber prices rose to their highest level in 10 years Wednesday, as Florida's homeowners and businesses rebuild after Hurricane Charley, the second most-destructive U.S. hurricane after Andrew in 1992. Lumber futures for September delivery rose $15, the maximum increase allowed by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, to $442 per 1,000 feet of two-by-fours. That's the highest for a most-active contract since March 1994. The 3.5% gain was the biggest in seven months.
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August 6, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Seven Greenpeace activists were arrested in the Tongass National Forest where they had chained themselves to road-building equipment in an attempt to hamper logging operations. U.S. Forest Service enforcement officers cut the seven out of a logging chain they had used to attach themselves to a large backhoe and a rock-drilling machine at a timber sale site, said Forest Service spokesman Ray Massey. The activists were cited for violating a forest closure order and blocking a public road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2004 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
On the shoulder of Southern California, the nation's capital of freeway sprawl, there is still country virtually as roadless, raw and unpeopled as ever. More than half a million acres are in the Los Padres National Forest, where the terrain, steep and folded like a compressed accordion, is home to the endangered California condor, provides drinking water for Santa Barbara and acts as a primitive playground for people who jam the urban valleys down the coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2004 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
The Schwarzenegger administration is proposing a series of changes in state forestry regulations that would raise logging fees on privately owned timberland while easing permit requirements. The proposal, submitted as part of the governor's budget, will be taken up by the state Legislature next week. "We're trying to create more incentives that will give them some regulatory relief without weakening environmental protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2004 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
To the dismay of North Coast environmentalists and California lawmakers, a timber firm is attempting to alter key provisions of an agreement that was the cornerstone of a historic deal protecting the Headwaters Forest in Humboldt County. Pacific Lumber wants to revise the conservation plan in part so it can push logging closer to several of the rivers and tributaries that cut through its 217,000 acres.
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