Timber Groups Sue US For Increasing Owl Habitat

Law360, New York (March 21, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT) -- A host of timber industry groups on Thursday mounted a challenge in Washington, D.C., to the Obama administration’s controversial proposal to boost the northern spotted owl’s federally protected habitat by 4.3 million acres, saying the plan relies on faulty habitat modeling data.

The industry groups, including the Carpenters Industrial Council and the American Forest Resource Council among others, are seeking a court order to derail a habitat extension they say would significantly reduce timber yield on the impacted lands in California, Oregon and Washington.

The complaint...
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