The Northwest Spotted-Owl Wars: No Happily Ever After – CrossCut

NW Environmental writer Dan Chasen puts together a good look at the Spotted Owl controversy and what is in store for the endangered bird.

So, where does this leave us? The most prominent environmental battle of the late 20th century; the most ambitious ecosystem management plan ever attempted; the most acres of critical habitat for a listed species; the only environmental conflict that has been the subject of a conference led by the President and attended by a good deal of the Cabinet; a species in a steep, scientifically-acknowledged and widely-reported decline — even with all those factors the FWS can’t find time to boost its status from “threatened” to “endangered?” This is bizarre. But hardly surprising.

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  1. I remember in the 1980’s when the “spotted owl” information came out. I remember living near Moclips, WA., the Olympic Peninsula. I remember a young women, a hired spotted owl researcher, was murdered there. Was she a US Forest Service employee? I cannot remember.
    She was murdered because she was getting info on the spotted owls.

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