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Audubon Wants Weyerhaeuser Wood De-Certified as Green

Cathy Duchamp
12/26/2006

The Seattle Audubon Society says Weyerhaeuser has violated forest industry standards for environmentally friendly logging. This marks the first time a major environmental group has tried to kick a big timber company out of a green certification program. Correspondent Cathy Duchamp explains.

TRANSCRIPT

SHAWN CANTRELL RUNS THE SEATTLE AUDUBON SOCIETY. HE'S ALSO A DAD, WHO READS DR. SEUSS TALES TO HIS KIDS. MAYBE THAT'S WHY HE SOUNDS LIKE THE LORAX WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT WEYERHAUSER.

CARTOON: "Please I object in the name of the trees! All complaints will be filed in this box if you please."

CANTRELL COMPLAINS WEYERHAEUSER HAS CUT TREES IN A WAY THAT HARMS ENDANGERED NORTHERN SPOTTED OWL HABITAT ON ITS LANDS IN GRAYS HARBOR AND LEWIS COUNTIES. HE SAYS THE END RESULT MAY BE SIMILAR TO WHAT HAPPENS IN THE STORY OF THE LORAX

CANTRELL: "If you continue to go forward with business as usual as Weyerhaeuser is proposing to do in SW Washington, you'll have no northern spotted owl habitat left, and the Swammy Swans will have to fly away and unfortunately there's no other place for the northern spotted owl to fly away to in that area."

SEATTLE AUDUBON WANTS THE GROUP THAT CERTIFIES WEYERHAUSER TIMBER AS 'GREEN' TO SUSPEND THE TIMBER GIANT FROM THE PROGRAM UNTIL IT CHANGES ITS FOREST PRACTICES. A WEYERHAEUSER SPOKESMAN TOLD THE WASHINGTON POST THE COMPANY OPERATES AT THE HIGHEST STANDARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY. CATHY DUCHAMP REPORTING.

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