Northern Spotted Owl

We are working to restore the northern spotted owl throughout its historic range.

Judge says timber sale in Crater Lake's back yard could harm wildlife, orders study (Press Release 3/21/17)

3/21/2017

A U.S. District Court in Eugene has issued an order requiring the Umpqua National Forest to more comprehensively study environmental impacts of the proposed Loafer Timber Project timber sale. The Forest Service must complete the study and weigh its findings before proceeding with the timber sale in an area about 60 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon.

Stakeholder Groups Challenge Oregon Forest Management Plan (News Release 8/9/16)

8/09/2016
New Plan Sacrifices Clean Water, Fishing Economy, Carbon Storage, Recreational Opportunities

Late yesterday, a coalition of conservation and fishing groups challenged in the U.S. District Court in Oregon a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) forest management plan, finalized Friday, that would replace the scientifically sound, ecologically credible, and legally responsible 1994 Northwest Forest Plan on millions of acres in western Oregon.

Tribe and conservationists file suit to protect wild salmon, rural river communities (Press Release 3/3/16)

Groups Seek Alternatives to Flawed Forest Service Salvage Plan

Today the Karuk Tribe, along with the Environmental Protection Information Center, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Center for Biological Diversity, and Klamath Riverkeeper, filed suit in federal court challenging a massive post-fire logging plan in Klamath National Forest that will increase fire danger, degrade water quality, and harm at-risk salmon populations. The tribe leads a diverse plaintiff group united by a common interest in restoring healthy relationships between people, fire, forests and fish.

Northern Spotted Owl

Court reverses ruling ordering BLM to log more in Oregon (Associated Press 6/12/15)

6/12/2015

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a 2013 ruling that ordered the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to sell more timber in southern Oregon.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit also overturned a ruling in the same case that had annulled a system federal scientists used to estimate the harm to northern spotted owls, a threatened species, from logging projects.

Greens Win One for Salmon & Owls (Courthouse News 6/2/15)

6/02/2015

A federal judge vacated 50-year "incidental take permits" for timber harvesting in Northern spotted owl and Coho salmon habitat in a wilderness area.

Plaintiffs' attorney Wyatt Golding told Courthouse News that he and his clients are excited about the May 29 ruling.

"It's a win for the spotted owls and Coho salmon," Golding said. "The judge is right that the permits and environmental analysis violated the Endangered Species Act."

Court Throws Out Industry Challenge to 2012 Forest Rules (Press Release 4/30/15)

4/30/2015
USFS Will Continue to Use Science and Conservation Biology in Forest Plans

In March 2015, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the D.C. District Court issued an order rejecting an extractive industry challenge to the Obama Administration’s National Forest Management Act 2012 Forest Planning Rule. The challenge alleged that the rule inappropriately requires the U.S. Forest Service to use science and conservation biology when creating new forest plans, which guide management on 191 million acres of national forests. On April 28, the judge issued her opinion setting forth the basis for her decision.

Judge invalidates 'take' permits for California logging plan (Associated Press 4/6/15)

4/06/2015

Wildlife officials were wrong to grant a company permission to harm threatened species in California while logging private land, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins invalidated incidental take permits for the northern spotted owl and a population of coho salmon that federal officials granted to Fruit Growers Supply Co. The permits applied to more than 150,000 acres of company land in Siskiyou County.

California Salmon and Wildlife Win Court Protection from Old-Growth Logging (Press Release 4/6/15)

4/06/2015

A federal court halted a logging plan in Northern California that would have harmed old-growth forests and federally protected fish and wildlife species.

Logging in Roadless Area Threatens Crater Lake National Park (press release 6.18.14)

6/18/2014
Conservationists take legal action to protect wilderness and to ensure a proposed logging project will not harm wolf OR-7’s newly discovered pups

As Oregonians celebrate the recent discovery that wolf OR-7 has found a mate and sired pups in southwest Oregon, conservationists today took legal action to halt a reckless logging project that would destroy a potential wilderness area near Crater Lake National Park and may harm the new wolf family.
 

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