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.”