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2012-11-21. Feds aim to double habitat for spotted owl

posted Nov 30, 2012, 4:11 PM by Lisa Ou
| by Jeff Barnard, Westport News. An article relevant to GSS A New World View chapter 3. Excerpt:  The last building block of the Obama administration's strategy unveiled Wednesday to keep the northern spotted owl from extinction nearly doubles the amount of Northwest national forest land dedicated to protecting the bird by the Bush administration four years ago. Still, conservation groups that went to court to force the overhaul said key gaps remain, such as an exemption for private forest lands and most state forests. The full critical habitat plan will not be published until next week, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that 9.6 million acres of Oregon, Washington and Northern California will come under its provisions, almost all of it federal lands...Following a directive last February from the White House, officials revised the latest plan to make room for thinning and logging inside critical habitat to reduce the danger of wildfire and improve the health of forests..... Read the full article: http://www.westport-news.com/news/us/article/Feds-aim-to-double-habitat-for-spotted-owl-4057548.php