The war between environmentalists and the logging corporation that owned the treasured Headwaters grove of ancient redwoods in northern California has been one of the nastiest altercations in American environmental history, reports the Washington Post in a long feature story. A controversial deal was struck last month in which the government paid half a billion dollars to the buy the disputed area; however, environmentalists continue to have grave concerns about land still owned by the company but not included in the deal. And they also worry that streams of human visitors to the Headwaters tract, which is now public property, will degrade the area.

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