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Nation IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Rules Protecting Owl Challenged in Suit

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Logging and community groups filed suit in a U.S. court in Washington, D.C., challenging federal rules protecting the northern spotted owl, saying they have economically harmed timber-dependent areas in the Pacific Northwest. The suit said the Fish and Wildlife Service overstepped its legal mandate by setting regulations without regard to their economic impact. As a result, it said, timber harvesting was improperly restricted over large areas of Washington state, Oregon and California.


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