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.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Logging Industry Loses Latest Attack on Threatened Seabird

Marbled murrelets, a unique coastal bird, and their old-growth forest habitat will remain protected

Washington, D.C.--(ENEWSPF)--September 5, 2013. A federal district court today maintained conservation protections for marbled murrelets, a unique coastal bird in the Pacific Northwest. The court rejected the remaining claims in a timber industry lawsuit that sought to expand logging of the seabird’s old-growth forest nesting habitat. The lawsuit was the timber industry’s fourth attempt in the past decade to eliminate protections for the old-growth forests that marbled murrelets call home, despite undisputed scientific evidence that murrelets are continuing to disappear from the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California.

“It is time for logging interests to move on,” said Kristen Boyles, staff attorney with Earthjustice. “Science, law, and public opinion do not support their demand to log the old-growth forests that marbled murrelets call home.”

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