2012 Mar 19. Bigger spotted owl habitat proposed - Federal plan calls for nearly doubling forest acreage

posted Mar 28, 2012, 2:24 PM by Alan D. GOULD BA
| by Damon Arthur, Redding Record Searchlight. An article relevant to GSS A New World View chapter 3. Excerpt: Timber industry officials and environmentalists are criticizing a proposal that would nearly double the acreage designated as critical habitat for the northern spotted owl. …The current proposal includes nearly 10 million acres in California, Washington and Oregon as critical habitat for the spotted owl. …Ann Forest Burns, vice president of the American Forest Resource Council, said the latest proposal ignores what is really threatening the spotted owl — wildfires and competition from the barred owl. Restrictions designed to protect the spotted owl continue to hurt the timber industry, she said. The resource council is made up of lumber mills and forest landowners. …Andrew Orahaske, conservation director for the Environmental Protection Information Center, said …"We're not going to protect the spotted owl unless we protect the spotted owl on private land as well," Orahaske said. …Pacific Industries, of Anderson, has been destroying spotted owl habitat through its logging on private land…. Read the full article: http://www.redding.com/news/2012/mar/19/bigger-owl-habitat-proposed/