Center for Biological Diversity

Please Comment on a Plan for Northern Spotted Owls

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments until Dec. 15 on a draft recovery plan for the iconic northern spotted owl.

This long-awaited recovery plan will determine the level of protection across the spotted owl's Pacific Northwest range -- but the draft leaves significant owl habitat open to logging. So please, help protect the owl and its ancient forest home in the Pacific Northwest by sending your comments today.

A previous, Bush-era version of the plan set the stage for undoing a reserve network established by the Northwest Forest Plan and would have substantially weakened protections for the owl. This new draft is a step forward, but it still fails to recommend the protection of all forest areas needed to reverse declines in owl populations and begin recovery of this well-loved species.

Although protection of spotted owls under the Endangered Species Act helped spur dramatic changes in management on federal lands in the region, the species has continued to decline with the logging of old-growth forests on private, state and even federal lands. Spotted owls also face a grave threat from invasion by the closely related barred owl.

Your help is needed to ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to strengthen the owl's recovery plan by recommending protection of all existing owl habitat. Send your letter today.

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Please submit comments by December 15, 2010.

Northern spotted owl photo by Tom Kogut, USDA Forest Service.

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