Settlement Agreement throws Lifeline to Endangered Woodpeckers on Mississippi’s Noxubee Wildlife Refuge

BROOKSVILLE, Miss. / January 29, 2013 — Two conservation groups and a long-time volunteer have reached a landmark settlement agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that will lead to better protection for endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers on Mississippi’s Noxubee Wildlife Refuge. The agency has agreed to prepare a new management plan for the refuge and to suspend any new timber harvest until that plan is complete. “We are elated that we were able to achieve our goals in this case through settlement,” said Tracy Davids of Wild South. “Prior…

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Court halts clearcutting in Murrelet habitat on Oregon State Forests

Conservation Groups Call on Gov. Kitzhaber for Balanced Forest Planning PORTLAND, Ore. / November 27, 2012— A federal court judge has halted 11 timber sales and all logging activities in occupied marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) sites in the Tillamook, Clatsop and Elliott state forests. The ruling stops logging in murrelet habitat until the resolution of a case filed by Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and Portland Audubon Society asserting that the state’s logging practices are harming the federally protected seabird. Since the case was filed, Oregon has voluntarily suspended timber sales on…

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