PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has handed the timber industry another defeat in its effort to expand logging on the habitat of a threatened coastal seabird.
U.S. District Court Judge John Bates in Washington D.C. said marbled murrelets will keep their Endangered Species Act listing, and their old-growth forest habitat will remain protected during a three-year period when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service re-examines its 1996 critical habitat designation.
The marbled murrelet was listed as threatened in 1992, and habitat protection has meant less logging in Oregon Washington and Northern California. The tiny sea birds venture inland to raise their young and depend on old-growth forests for nesting.
The lawsuit was brought by the American Forest Resource Council, Carpenters Industrial Council and Oregon's Douglas County.
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