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WA: Judge halts logging in owl habitat
AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/07 | Donna Gordon Blankinship - ap

Posted on 08/01/2007 8:40:08 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SEATTLE - A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday to stop Weyerhaeuser Co. from logging in spotted owl habitat on four parcels of private land in Washington.

U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman did not grant, however, an additional request by the Seattle Audubon Society to stop the state of Washington from granting permits to log in spotted owl habitat.

The injunction from logging covers spotted owl habitat within 2.7 miles of the center of four circles of land in southwestern Washington that are owned by Weyerhaeuser.

"It really shows the Endangered Species Act still has some teeth in it," said Kenan Block, a spokesman for the Washington Forest Law Center.

Weyerhaeuser spokesman Frank Mendizabal said the company was disappointed in some aspects of Pechman's ruling but did not think the injunction would affect its operations in the short term because Weyerhaeuser is not currently logging in the 50,000 acres in question.

He said Weyerhaeuser has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study and protect spotted owls and will continue to manage the land in a way it feels is consistent with the judge's order.

"We're confident that Washington state and Weyerhaeuser will prevail when the matter is decided" at trial sometime next year, Mendizabal said.

The owl was declared a threatened species in 1990 under the federal Endangered Species Act primarily because of heavy logging in the old growth forests where it nests and feeds. While old growth forests suitable for owl habitat have increased, owl numbers have continued to decline. The spotted owl also faces a new threat from a cousin, the barred owl, that has been invading its territory.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: animalwhackos; chicken; environment; esa; habitat; halts; injunction; judge; judiciary; logging; ruling; spottedowl; supper; timber; weyerhaeuser

1 posted on 08/01/2007 8:40:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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A California spotted owl is shown inside the Tahoe National Forest in California, in this July 12, 2004, file photo. A federal judge on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, issued a preliminary injunction to stop Weyerhaeuser Co. from logging in spotted owl habitat on four parcels of private land in Washington. (AP Photo/Debra Reid)


2 posted on 08/01/2007 8:41:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge

Spotted Owls make great soup! (How they learned to cook is still a mystery.)


3 posted on 08/01/2007 8:44:16 PM PDT by REDWOOD99
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To: REDWOOD99

Spotted Owls make great soup! (How they learned to cook is still a mystery.)


They spent so much time in the kitchen that they neglected their procreation duties which is why they are going extinct. Really, if two teenagers can make love in the back of a VW Beetle, how come the Spotted Owl needs over 7000 acres???


4 posted on 08/01/2007 8:52:13 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (The faithful will keep their heads down, their powder dry and hammer at the enemies flanks.)
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To: NormsRevenge
For Immediate Release March 24, 1999

PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES J. RICH LEONARD, MARSHA J. PECHMAN, CARLOS MURGUIA, AND WILLIAM HASKELL ALSUP TO THE FEDERAL BENCH

Gee this is a surprise!!!!!

5 posted on 08/01/2007 8:52:56 PM PDT by federal
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To: NormsRevenge

Dear libtards,

Since we cannot process paper to make for you, please feel free in the future to wipe with a spotted owl. Mind the claws, though!

Sincerely,
Weyerhauser


6 posted on 08/01/2007 9:00:40 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: federal

I guess that the harvesting of McDonalds neons is also off limits


7 posted on 08/01/2007 9:00:45 PM PDT by Foolsgold (after all we got Daschel)
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To: NormsRevenge
A spotted owl built a nest in the local Kmart sign. They like us adapt to their environments.
8 posted on 08/01/2007 9:12:59 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: NormsRevenge
If someone Hired some illegals and put a bounty on the Owl,
Would they convict the illegals?
9 posted on 08/01/2007 9:19:35 PM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: NormsRevenge
"It really shows the Endangered Species Act still has some teeth in it," said Kenan Block, a spokesman for the Washington Forest Law Center.

And it also shows that we have wussy activist judges.

10 posted on 08/01/2007 9:39:53 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ha Ha...but the judge can’t halt me dropping logs in the woods!


11 posted on 08/01/2007 9:54:54 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NormsRevenge

Weyerhaeuser needs to bring a lawsuit against this ditzy Marsha broad for interfering in their business and causing this company and it’s shareholders monetary losses. These so-called “judges” are out of control. They definitely need to be brought down a peg.


12 posted on 08/01/2007 10:03:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (You know you are a great American when a Kennedy calls you a traitor.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Not this horsesh*t again.


13 posted on 08/01/2007 10:05:34 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: NormsRevenge; traviskicks

If I were the property owner, I would be tempted to go out and shoot every dammed one of them(in spite of their cuteness). Of course I would probably go to prison longer than any child molester or mass murderer who has ever lived.


14 posted on 08/01/2007 10:06:37 PM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: federal
"Gee this is a surprise!!!!!"

Probably confirmed by the Republican senate by a vote of 97-0.....

15 posted on 08/01/2007 10:08:20 PM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: NormsRevenge; forester

Here we go again...


16 posted on 08/01/2007 10:10:35 PM PDT by tubebender (My first great grandson is a Miniature Schnauzer...)
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To: NormsRevenge
While old growth forests suitable for owl habitat have increased, owl numbers have continued to decline.

Nature has a pretty well-developed sense of humor.

17 posted on 08/01/2007 10:14:45 PM PDT by JennysCool ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -Mencken)
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To: JennysCool

In the past many cafes that catered to loggers had spotted owl burgers on the menu in rural Washington State


18 posted on 08/01/2007 10:36:59 PM PDT by paulweir
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To: paulweir

Spotted Owl burger...sounds good...with or without beak?


19 posted on 08/01/2007 10:56:37 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NormsRevenge
"It really shows the Endangered Species Act still has some teeth in it," said Kenan Block, a spokesman for the Washington Forest Law Center.

What it really shows is that we still have judges who are stupid enough to believe that spotted owls are endangered, even after all the evidence to prove they are not. Even if they were, people tump animals. Houses cost more now than they should due to these idiotic rulings by liberal judges.

20 posted on 08/02/2007 12:02:45 AM PDT by calex59
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To: NormsRevenge

The state of Washington actually fought against listing the spotted owl as endangered. They knew better. Their own wildlife biologists had been observing spotted owls for almost a dozen years and fully well knew that the birds nested and reared young in second growth timber. The old growth mantra was so much poo-poo. This instance is just more of the same - barnyard manure.


21 posted on 08/02/2007 2:41:19 AM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: NormsRevenge

22 posted on 08/02/2007 5:43:47 AM PDT by One_who_hopes_to_know
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To: KoRn; Abram; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...
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23 posted on 08/02/2007 6:32:11 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: KoRn
"Of course I would probably go to prison longer than any child molester or mass murderer who has ever lived."

And everybody knows what happens to owl killers behind bars.

24 posted on 08/02/2007 6:38:00 AM PDT by norton
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To: NormsRevenge

Just wondering what would happen if Weyerhaeuser announced they wanted to clear the forest to grow corn for ethanol?


25 posted on 08/02/2007 6:41:23 AM PDT by norton
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26 posted on 08/02/2007 9:41:01 AM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: sionnsar

These folks wouldn’t have let us leave the Horn of Africa because we’d be interfering with Woolly Mammoth habitat.

Species go extinct. It happens. Really.


27 posted on 08/02/2007 9:48:15 AM PDT by IslandJeff (Jeremiah 2:14-22)
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To: JennysCool

There was a recent (last 30 days or so) story about the decline of the spotted owls. It seems they were being attacked and consumed by another predatory owl species and that caused a significant decline in numbers. I’ll bet Weyerhauser bred the predators just to find and kill the spotted owls. Those black-hearted b******s!


28 posted on 08/02/2007 9:55:55 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: NormsRevenge
It really shows the Endangered Species Act still has some teeth in it,

Actually it shows there are still some dumba$$ judges in Washington State who are more than willing to prove they are dumba$$es.

29 posted on 08/02/2007 10:02:33 AM PDT by Snardius
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To: KoRn
If I were the property owner, I would be tempted to go out and shoot every dammed one of them(in spite of their cuteness). Of course I would probably go to prison longer than any child molester or mass murderer who has ever lived.

Now now now, you can't just go around shooting judges, temping as it might me.

30 posted on 08/02/2007 2:37:14 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Thompson / Hunter in 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t feel sorry for Weyerhaeuser, it is common knowledge that they were privately backing the environmentalist when this first came up in the late 80s. The ban was only on publicly held lands, state and federal. It did not include private lands in which Weyerhaeuser has the largest holding in Washington State.

The small logging and mill companies were dependent on government timber sales. Those are the ones the ban hurt the most and went out of business leaving Weyerhaeuser and a few other big companies that owned their own timber to be the only game in town and to price their products accordingly.

The donations to the Sierra Club and others were a write off and were more than made up for by the higher prices they were able to charge for their products.

They have had 17 years to log with little or no effect by the ban. When this all shakes out, it will have little or no adverse effect on them.


31 posted on 08/03/2007 9:43:34 AM PDT by Bobsvainbabblings
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