Timber Sales Put On Hold By Courts

By Jim McCoy Tue 27th November Newsenvironmental groupstimber sale
A federal judge has put 11 state forest timber sales on hold while she considers a lawsuit contending they threaten the survival of the marbled murrelet, a protected seabird that nests in old growth forests. The preliminary injunction issued last week is a blow to the new endangered species conservation policy adopted by the state to produce more timber from state forests. Besides the 11 timber sales, the order covers all stands occupied by murrelets on the Clatsop, Tillamook and Elliot state forests. In issuing the order, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene wrote that conservation groups have shown they are likely to win the lawsuit on its merits, and leaving the sales open to logging could cause irreparable harm. Associated Press

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