DOI Pulls Ore. Forest Plan Over Legal Flaws

Law360, New York (July 16, 2009, 3:48 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has withdrawn a Bush-era plan to boost logging in western Oregon, saying the plan would spur years of litigation because of the previous administration's failure to analyze its impact on imperiled species.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told reporters Thursday that the DOI would withdraw the Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The DOI has also asked a district court to vacate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2008 decision to change critical habitat for the spotted owl, on which the...
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