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Judge rejects changes to Northwest logging rules

[JURIST] The USDA Forest Service [official website] said Tuesday it hopes to salvage a Bush administration initiative to ease logging restrictions in the Northwest by correcting problems cited by federal judge Marsha Pechman. On Monday, Pechman struck down an administration proposal to use data provided by state officials in Washington, Oregon and California in determining whether to allow logging, prescribed burns, and the building of campgrounds on over 5 million acres of forests. Pechman noted that the government did not take into account the effect on rare plants and animals. Environmental groups praised the decision to preserve restrictions that the timber industry had hoped would be lifted to allow for easier logging. AP has more.

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