Preventing Northern Spotted Owl Extinction

Federally designated critical habitat is just that — critical to the survival of imperiled plants and animals, and protected to aid in recovery of the species. For the northern spotted owl, an icon of the Pacific Northwest struggling against extinction, this habitat is more than just critical: it is essential to keep the species from disappearing forever.

In the Trump administration’s final six days, it entered into a sweetheart settlement agreement with the timber industry to eliminate 3.4 million acres of northern spotted owl critical habitat in Washington state, Oregon, and California — about a third of all critical habitat for the species — to make way for logging. Without intervention, this is almost certainly a death sentence for the species.

This is among the most egregious environmental abuses of the Trump administration. We are in court to protect spotted owl critical habitat from logging and save the charismatic northern spotted owl from extinction.

We’ve fought for northern spotted owls since our founding, and will continue to stand up for the owl until it fully recovers. We forced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to admit the northern spotted owl deserves increased protections, paving the way for the Biden administration to do the right thing. While we work toward that goal, we aim to restore protections for the cathedral forests that are home to the Pacific Northwest’s most famous resident.

 

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