American: Notes CONSERVATION No Longer at Loggerheads

Notes CONSERVATION No Longer at Loggerheads

For years environmentalists and loggers have quarreled over the fate of "old- growth" forests in the Pacific Northwest. Conservationists contend that cutting the ancient trees on federally owned land in Oregon and Washington State threatens the habitat of the endangered spotted owl, which lives only in old-growth forests. The lumber industry objects that a ban would devastate the timber-based economies of the region. Last week George Bush signed into law a compromise hammered out by a congressional conference committee. It prohibits sales of timber from areas where the spotted owl dwells, but permits 7.7 billion board feet of wood to be...

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