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By Andrew Selskey
The Associated Press 

Environmental groups sue over Trump-era Pacific Northwest logging rule


SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Six environmental groups sued officials of the Biden administration on June 14, saying a Trump-era rule change that allowed logging of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest violates federal laws and was politically motivated.

“Large and old trees have outsized ecological and social importance. They provide critical ecosystem functions such as storing carbon, providing wildlife habitat and maintaining water quality,” the groups said in their lawsuit.

The Trump administration amended a protection that had been in place since 1994 that prohibited the harvesting o...

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