New BLM Logging Plan Not What’s Needed for Owl and Murrelet Recovery

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A new plan announced by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) threatens to enshrine forest management policies favoring logging, including mature forests needed by the threatened Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet – species dependent on an old-growth forest ecosystem that also provides clean air, clean water, and viable fish and wildlife populations.

“The Northwest Forest Plan protects old-growth forests and allows for the growth of mature forests into quality wildlife habitat; it should not be abandoned in favor of an untested aggressive logging regime,” said Steve Holmer, senior policy for American Bird Conservancy. “Recent studies show there has been no increase in high-severity fires in the region, which raises concern that this proposal is responding to unfounded fears rather than to the needs of endangered wildlife.”

The Northern Spotted Owl primarily inhabits old growth forests in the northern part of its range (Canada to southern Oregon)

Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)

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Douglas Trent

As I wrote for the American Forests, chapter in The Piracy of America, Clarity Press, Inc., 1999, Ed. Judith Scherff, pages 28 – 48, the last time the Spotted Owl controversy took place, logging companies complained they were loosing while at the time logging increased dramatically. The wood supplied Japanese milling ships that would process the wood in international waters, and then sell the processed wood back to the USA at a profit. The owl, at that time, served as smoke screen to keep the press off this fact. Now, it seems, there is a real effort on the part… Read more »

Ian Standivan
Ian Standivan

when you consider that some commercial forests are left unharvested because it’s not econmically viable to market the timber why is there the need to impact on pristine habitats??