More State Forestland Protected For Spotted Owl In Oregon

Nov 28, 2012

The new map of protected habitat for the northern spotted owl affects far more state forestland in Oregon than in Washington or California.

A new map dictating protected habitat of the northern spotted owl covers nine million acres of federal forest.
Credit John and Karen Hollingsworth / Wikimeda Commons

Critical habitat covers nine million acres of federal forest, so the 200,000 acres affected on Oregon state forests may seem relatively small. But that means almost three times as much state land protected in Oregon as in California and Washington combined.

Paul Henson with U.S. Fish and Wildlife says Washington has habitat agreements with the feds.

“Whereas the state of Oregon does not have a habitat conservation plan for spotted owls with us.”

Dan Postrel with the Oregon Department of Forestry says his agency approaches wildlife conservation differently, but has a good relationship with the Fish and Wildlife Service.

“They review our operations and our plans across the state forests, and we’re in touch with them a great deal.”

Environmental groups are suing Oregon foresters over habitat of another threatened bird, the marbled murrelet.

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