July 14, 1989 |
Steve Rood was on a last tour through the old Sweet Home Sawmill, hopping down creaking catwalks to look at a cannibalized edging saw. "It is no fun seeing it this way," he said, and sighed. Rood will not have to look for long at the idled mill in the heart of town. Workmen already were busy dismantling the massive old building plank by plank, setting aside the pieces to meet an inglorious end as free firewood.
February 11, 1993 |
In a decision hailed by environmentalists as a victory for the spotted owl and for open government, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that secret communications between the White House and a special committee that makes decisions on endangered species are illegal. The U.S.
July 3, 1992 |
For the second consecutive year, a federal judge has ruled that the Bush Administration is not living up to its legal obligations to protect the threatened spotted owl and ordered a sweeping ban on timber sales in the national forests of coastal Northern California, Oregon and Washington. Last year when Judge William Dwyer issued such an injunction, timber companies enjoyed a healthy backlog of previously approved timber allotments, so logging went on pretty much as usual.
February 24, 2014 |
As shy creatures of quiet places, federally threatened northern spotted owls have little tolerance for the larger, more aggressive barred owls moving into their ancient forests in the northwestern United States. Trouble is, ousted spotted owls are colonizing less suitable habitat elsewhere, lowering the probability of successfully producing young, according to a study by U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Forest Service biologists recently published in the journal Ecology. The situation has become so desperate that federal biologists are considering efforts to remove, or kill, some of the barred owls occupying the old growth forests of Oregon, Washington and Northern California, Charles Yackulic, USGS research statistician and lead author of the study, said.
March 20, 1990 |
Avoiding a bitter environmental fight in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand Monday an appeals court ruling that threw out a key argument in lawsuits seeking to block harvesting of ancient forests. The justices, without comment, declined to review a ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last September against the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund in a series of lawsuits aimed at restricting logging on public lands.
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April 26, 1992 |
In a story familiar to residents of the Pacific Northwest, loggers in New Mexico are afraid more timber-cutting restrictions aimed at protecting a species of owl will cost them their livelihood. Northwest logging jobs are in danger because of the northern spotted owl. In New Mexico, the bird in question is the Mexican spotted owl. Federal authorities are split on whether the Mexican owl faces as severe a threat as its northern cousin and needs more protection than it now gets.