Saturday, January 21, 2006

Suit challenges murrelet protection

The Seattle Times: Local News By JEFF BARNARD
"GRANTS PASS, Ore.Hoping to remove one obstacle to logging on public lands, Coos County commissioners are suing to get the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to carry out its promise to take the marbled murrelet off the threatened-species list. The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Eugene argues that the original reasons for listing the 17,000 to 20,000 birds nesting in Oregon, Washington and Northern California no longer exist."