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Conservationists battle Boise Cascade
BOISE, Idaho -- After failing to halt two timber sales in Washington and
Oregon in federal court, environmental groups now hope to scuttle the projects
by accusing Boise Cascade Co. of reneging on its 2003 promise not to buy wood
from old-growth forests.
The Boise-based company began logging 10 million board feet of timber in the
Deschutes National Forest in eastern Oregon last week. It expects to begin
cutting 6.5 million board feet from the Wenatchee National Forest in
northeastern Washington within days. Both areas were damaged by 2003 fires.
Environmentalists say it's old growth. Boise Cascade says it isn't.
Forestry experts watching this fight say it highlights the difficulty of
defining just what makes up old-growth forests, which for years have been at the
center of the clash between loggers and preservationists. It's made even more
contentious because only limited research exists on the best way to promote ...
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