“Bringing the spotted owl back from the brink of extinction will require a concerted effort between the federal government, states, private landowners, and the conservation community,” said Sangye Ince-Johannsen, staff attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center. “It isn’t too late for this iconic species, or it doesn’t have to be. But instead of applying lessons learned in over 30 years since listing the species, the Service rubber-stamped unproven experimental measures that will likely only accelerate its decline, and locked them into a 50-year permit.”

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