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(US CA) State sued over Pacific Lumber wildlife decisions August 09, 2005 11:21 PM

SACRAMENTO An environmental group is suing state wildlife regulators _ alleging they broke the law by giving a prominent North Coast timber company the right to harm two endangered species while logging there.

As part of the 1999 Headwaters deal that saved ancient redwood groves, Pacific Lumber Company gained permission for its logging to harm coho salmon and marbled murrelets, a seabird that nests in old growth redwoods.

The permit was overturned in 2003 by a Humboldt County Superior Court judge who ruled they violated the California Endangered Species Act.

A lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity alleges that without a proper review, the Department of Fish and Game ruled that the company is now complying with the Endangered Species Act.

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