As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 16 November 2012

State withdraws timber sales over sea bird nesting

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Forestry has quietly withdrawn more timber sales that are the target of a lawsuit by conservation groups trying to protect nesting trees for a threatened sea bird called the marbled murrelet.

The annual operations plan for the Coos District, dated September 19, says the Elliott State Forest will look for alternative timber to sell while the lawsuit over protections for marbled murrelet habitat moves through federal court. The move comes on top of a decision to withdraw other timber last July.

Cascadia Wildlands and others have challenged the department's new method for avoiding threatened and endangered species, and want it to go back to focusing on habitat.
There was no immediate comment on the move from the department.

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