Marbled murrelet vs loggers

An old-growth redwood can bring a logging company $20,000 or more, making it the caviar of the logging industry. That's why lumber companies lust over the last few expanses of old-growth trees. Those 4,000-year-old redwoods in California and Oregon could mean huge profits for lumber companies, and to them, that's money worth fighting for. In fact, loggers in Oregon are suing to remove the protected status from the marbled murrelet, an endangered bird species which, for now, is keeping those redwoods standing.

Jerry George examines both sides of the story for the San Francisco Chronicle: Woodman, spare that marbled murrelet / Oregon loggers sue; endangered species is fettering them.

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