Owl Justice

Conservationist teams recently filed a lawsuit against loggers on the border of the US and Canada from around Washington to the northern California area. 

 

That area is the 3.4 million acre-wide home of northern spotted owls. These logging areas are the habitat for said owls. The government reduced the amount of protected forest for animals by a third of its entire area. The logging businesses were very happy with this, but most others did not like what they were hearing. Democratic lawmakers decided that an investigation of the decision was in order.

 

Northern spotted owls are federally considered a threatened species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refused to move them to the endangered status, though each year their entire population decreases by a staggering 4%.

 

Certain parts of the timber industry have challenged the lawsuit, saying that things are fine the way they are. They favor the delay that President Biden is taking to review the situation. They also claim that the section of the forest they’re fighting for is not the habitat of any northern spotted owls.

 

The spot of land they’re fighting for is made up of all O&C lands in Oregon. These lands have been used as a major logging site for the timber industry.

 

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service said they’d comply in moving the northern spotted owl up to the endangered category, but has not done so as of yet.