CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1995 |
There's still a small sign in the middle of town that reads, "Welcome to Forks, Logging Capitol of the World." But a truer sign of the times--two signs, really--can be found 40 feet away at a shop run by Chamber of Commerce President Bonnie Anderson and her husband, Howard. "Northwest Select Gifts" says a wooden placard over the door. "Anderson Electric" says a neon sign in the window. Knickknacks fill the store's front half. Shelves heaped with tools, wires and switches fill the back.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
October 13, 1991 |
On a steep mountainside above the meandering Smith River, dozens of Douglas firs that have been growing since George Washington was President tower over a small parcel of public forest. All around, large swaths of the forest have been cut down, but here in a 31-acre island of trees, firs as tall as 180 feet provide shade and shelter for elk, bald eagles and, perhaps, the endangered spotted owl. The trees and creatures have survived fires, storms and the logger's chain saw. Now this patch of federal forest has become part of a political debate in Washington, D.C., and a test of the Endangered Species Act. Officially, the tract is known as the Clabber Creek Unit and is one of 44 proposed timber sales in the public forests of southwestern Oregon that have become embroiled in the long-running battle over protection of the spotted owl. In a dispute that has pitted two federal agencies against each other, the Bureau of Land Management wants to log all 44 parcels--4,570 acres of virgin forest--to help maintain the economy of the region.
July 29, 1990 |
Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. is choosing his words more carefully these days. His earlier off-the-cuff remarks on everything from cattle grazing on federal lands to the Alaska oil spill provided his critics with ample ammunition during his first 18 months in President Bush's Cabinet. Some of these critics have even raised questions about his ability to run one of the government's oldest, most broad-reaching and powerful departments. "Manuel thinks out loud, and that causes some difficulty once in a while," acknowledges John Schrote, a top aide who has known Lujan for two decades.