August 19, 2008
The Bush administration last week announced that it would cut the amount of land designated as critical habitat for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl by some 23%. The administration claims other threats besides logging are responsible for the bird's falling population numbers. Spotted owl numbers are dropping by 4% annually as a result of wildfires and invasion of habitat by the more aggressive barred owl, as well as by continued logging.
Environmentalists are protesting the decision, as they say critical habitat is key to maintaining the bird's population. They say the decision will allow for a marked increase in logging in old growth forests throughout Northern...