October 4, 2004 |
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.
November 10, 2002 |
It's just above freezing outside, but inside a long makeshift tent dubbed "The Noodle House," bowls of steaming soup and vegetable stir-fry add to the warmth seeping from a small wood stove. On most nights, the dimly lighted tent serves as a cozy gathering place for the several hundred Thai, Cambodian and Laotian pickers who camp out in central Oregon each fall to hunt the elusive and valuable matsutake mushroom, a Japanese delicacy.
December 20, 2001 |
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a huge timber sale in Montana's Bitterroot National Forest, accusing the Forest Service of "electing to take the law into its own hands." The judge's ruling late Tuesday was a blow to the agency, which had attempted to short-circuit the normal procedure, under which citizens and environmental groups are allowed to appeal timber sales, in order to hasten the harvest.
June 1, 2001 |
Logging on thousands of acres in the Pacific Northwest was halted Thursday by a federal appeals court, which upheld a requirement for comprehensive new studies to protect fish from the potentially devastating effects of timber harvests. The ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is one of the strongest blows dealt by the Endangered Species Act on logging in recent years.
October 23, 2000 |
Counties in California's forested northern reaches, where stagnant economies have given people little to cheer about in recent years, are celebrating an unaccustomed piece of good news. Congress gave final approval this month to legislation changing a nearly century-old formula that ties together school funding and federal timber sales in rural counties that have large tracts of national forest land.
November 15, 1999 |
For nearly a century there has been a direct connection between how many trees are chopped down in federal forests and how much money is spent on students in surrounding school districts. As timber cutting has dramatically declined in recent years, that formula has wreaked havoc on rural school budgets and sparked a passionate debate on whether logs and lesson plans should have anything to do with each other. Bailout legislation passed this month in the U.S.