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|Originally Posted: 9 May 2011|
Tell Administration Officials to Protect Spotted Owl Habitat
Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and urge them to finalize the spotted owl recovery plan using the best available science and to withdraw the Western Oregon Plan Revisions that favors the profits of the timber industry at the expense of a marvelous ecosystem and all life it provides, including the well-known Spotted Owl.
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The Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Plan is now being finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency is facing heavy pressure to weaken the draft from the timber industry and states about provisions in the draft strengthening owl protections on private and state lands, as well as from the Bureau of Land Management and USDA Forest Service because of the agency’s plans to ramp up logging in owl habitat.
Due to a recent timber industry court victory, the Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR) is back into effect because the administration failed to provide for notice and comment of the withdrawal as required by law. Thus far the administration has given no indication if it plans to again withdraw the controversial logging plan that proposes to triple old-growth logging on BLM managed-lands in Oregon.
The recovery plan has broad implications about the future of the Northwest Forest Plan and the protection of the region’s remaining at-risk old-growth. The WOPR is scientifically flawed plan that claims a huge increase in logging owl habitat, will be good for the owl.
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