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Groups Threaten Suit Over California Wine Country Logging Permit (1)

July 9, 2020, 11:12 PMUpdated: July 9, 2020, 11:17 PM

Environmental groups plan to sue California’s fire response agency and a family timber company over a logging permit granted in Sonoma County that would clear mature redwood trees.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of Gualala River on Wednesday sent a notice of intent to sue in U.S. District Court to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) and Gualala Redwood Timber Co.

The groups said a 2018 logging permit issued by CalFire would violate the federal Endangered Species Act because proposed logging activities, road building, and maintenance on a 300-acre site in a redwood ...