Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Federal Judge Strikes down Bush Administration Logging Authorization

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilkens ruled Tuesday that the Bush Administration rules that would have eased logging restrictions on over 193 million acres were in violation of the ESA. The provision in question was one in the National Forest Management Act which dictates National Forest lands be managed to support viable populations of listed species such as Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrulet, Chinook, Coho Salmon and Steelhead. Bush administration officials had tried to change the rule so it required only a framework for protection rather than the actual maintenance of viable populations. The ruling comes as a relief to environmental groups around the west who have fought to protect much of the remaining old growth on National Forest lands. See more information in the Seattle Times.

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