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Conservation groups challenge 'green' forest product certification
Conservation groups challenge 'green' forest product certification

SEATTLE -- When an intense storm pounded southwestern Washington in 2007, mud poured down from the mountainsides, logging debris choked streams and the Chehalis River flooded much of the region, causing $57 million in damage. Almost immediately, conservation groups, the Seattle Times and some academics laid partial blame on recent clear-cut logging in the hills around the region. Some hillsides had been largely denuded of trees, and landslides from the newly bared slopes choked surrounding creeks with silt and wood debris. Weyerhaeuser Corp. has long insisted it was the intensity of the storm, not logging practices, that triggered the flooding. The controversy was renewed again this...

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