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Old-Growth Forest Spared for Now

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Science  07 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5608, pp. 802
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5608.802

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Forest scientists won a victory of sorts last month when Mexican officials agreed to postpone logging in a rare forest ecosystem in Baja California. A delegation of four American scientists visited Mexicali, the state capital, on 20 January to plead for the preservation of what one calls "the only pristine conifer forest in North America." Despite the reprieve, the group says archaic laws and the influence of landowners still threaten the forest.