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Officials Order Temporary Halt to Logging In Humboldt County

State water officials have ordered Pacific Lumber Company to temporarily halt logging in Humboldt County.

Environmentalists filed a petition questioning the validity of the company´s timber harvest plans. That suspends logging in parts of the Freshwater Creek and Elk River watersheds. The state water board´s decision prevents Pacific Lumber from logging there until the board can hold a hearing on the environmental groups´ petition. No hearing date has been set.