Timber Feast, Salmon Famine?
Washington state may set a national precedent by passing a 50-year deal between the state and private forest owners that would grant tax relief to timber companies while tightening logging rules near salmon streams. The plan, being pushed through the state legislature this week, is part of Washington Gov. Gary Locke’s (D) salmon-recovery effort. The timber industry backs the bill, while environmentalists protest that it’s a bad deal for salmon and taxpayers.