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Regs to Cut Down on Old Growth Cutting

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Legislation that puts broad new restrictions on logging millions of California´s oldest trees has been approved by the state Senate. The measure by Sen. Don Perata of Oakland was sent to the Assembly by a 23-13 vote after very little debate.

It would allow only emergency logging in private and state forests of large hardwoods, redwoods, giant sequoias, Douglas firs and Port Orford cedars that were growing when commercial logging began in the state in 1850.

The bill would also bar clearcutting in 35-foot buffer zones around the old trees.