Last summer, the Bush administration set forth a plan to remove habitat protections for the spotted owl and allow for increased logging in Oregon. Environment law firm Earthjustice had filed a lawsuit against the plan.
But yesterday, the Obama administration asked Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to halt proceedings on the case while US Fish and Wildlife Service agents reevaluate the plan. If habitat protections are put back in place, Earthjustice may drop the lawsuit.
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