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Science  11 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5396, pp. 1968-1969
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5396.1968

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-- Conservation scientists are reeling from the outcome of a fight over one of Australia's richest regions of biodiversity. An innovative and internationally praised scheme for reconciling conflicts over natural resources that tapped a 3-year, $23 million biota survey proved no match this fall for old-fashioned political muscle. The result was a bill passed late last month by state legislators permitting extensive logging in diverse forest ecosystems in the northeast corner of the state of New South Wales.