Conservation groups sue government over logging

Conservation groups sue government over logging

Three conservation groups filed a suit saying Oregon state government's logging on state-owned forests is harming marbled murrelets.

The birds are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Accelerated state-approved logging in the Tillamook, Clatsop and Elliott state forests is eliminating old stands of known murrelet nesting habitat, the groups said in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland.

The Endangered Species Act bars actions that “take” threatened and endangered species. That’s broadly defined to include actions that kill or injure protected species, including destruction of habitat.

Read more at The Register-Guard.