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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Marbled Murrelets from Clearcutting in Oregon State Forests

By Tanya Sanerib
Crag Law Center

Today Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Audubon Society of Portland gave the State of Oregon and its forestry departments notice of their intent to file a lawsuit to protect the federally threatened marbled murrelet.

Marbled murrelets are rare seabirds that nest inland in big, old trees.  The birds have large webbed feet and require big tree limbs upon which they can crash land and moss in which they can nest.  Murrelet populations in the Pacific Northwest have been dwindling each year largely due to the loss of the mature and old-growth forests the birds require for nesting.  The marbled murrelet was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1992.

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