A federal judge in Portland Thursday called for a Bush-era law allowing an increase in logging on some federal land to be scrapped, reported the Register-Guard.
The plan to up logging on around 2.2 million acres of Bureau of Land Management forestland in western Oregon was one of former President George W. Bush’s last acts in office, according to the article. The Western Oregon Plan Revision, known as WOPR (pronounced whopper), was finalized in December 2008.
Environmental groups immediately filed suit and the plan has been going back and forth in the federal courts since then. The timber industry also has filed lawsuits. Judge Dennis Hubel last week ruled that the BLM should have consulted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service before adopting the plan. Another federal judge will have to affirm the ruling.
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