A federal judge ruled to keep protections in place for a threatened coastal seabird, another defeat for the timber industry.
U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., said marbled murrelets will keep their Endangered Species Act listing. He also rejected an argument that central California murrelets, which are doing poorly, should not be lumped in with the populations in Oregon, Washington and Northern California.
The lawsuit was the timber industry’s fourth attempt in the past decade to eliminate protections for the forests that marbled murrelets call home, despite undisputed scientific evidence that murrelets are continuing to disappear from the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.
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