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Jan 09, 2007: Coming Soon: Return of the Owl?
King County Bar Journal, January 2007; In Star Wars, the finale was "Return of the Jedi." In The Lord of the Rings, it was "The Return of the King." But, gosh, just when environmentalists are getting more and more media savvy, does their latest sequel have to be "Return of the Spotted Owl?"
Nov 15, 2006: Group wants logging ban to protect owl
Seattle P-I, November 14, 2006; Citing a "prolonged and accelerating decline" that halved Washington's spotted owl population since the early 1990s, a Seattle environmental group asked a federal judge Monday to bar logging on about 50,000 acres of private timberlands in Western Washington.
Aug 10, 2006: Rules are adopted to protect spotted owl here
Seattle Times, August 10, 2006; State forestry rules aimed at protecting the northern spotted owl will neither aid the bird's declining numbers nor stop a possible lawsuit from conservationists, a lawyer said Wednesday.
May 10, 2006: Editorial: Protect environment and wildlife
Seattle P-I, May 10, 2006; Thanks to successful environmental battles and legal victories of the past, families can still walk through majestic old-growth forests in Washington that are nearly 1,000 years old and bald eagles and peregrine falcons soar through the skies in downtown Seattle on a daily basis.
Apr 28, 2006: Feds to Do Own Spotted Owl Recovery Plan
ABC News; April 3, 2006; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decides to Do Spotted Owl Recovery Plan Themselves
Apr 19, 2006: With spotted owl count falling, lawsuit is planned
Seattle P-I, April 19, 2006; Audubon Society tells Weyerhaeuser, state they are violating species act.
Mar 20, 2006: Spotted owl or red herring?
March 20, 2006, High Country News. Pretty much everyone agrees that logging on federal lands in the Pacific Northwest has declined by 80 percent since its heyday in the mid-1980s. Job losses in the region’s timber sector over the past two decades number in the tens of thousands. But don’t blame the critical habitat rule, or even the Endangered Species Act.
Nov 19, 2005: Species spiraling into extinction
Seattle PI, November 19, 2005; Newer data show spotted owl numbers plummeting statewide -- seven times faster than expected. While the cause of the decline is complicated, why isn't the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency charged with protecting the threatened birds, bolstering the strategy?
Nov 10, 2005: "Shuttle diplomacy" defended
The Seattle Times, November 10, 2005; Commissioner of Public Lands Doug Sutherland dismissed accusations Wednesday that the man he asked to oversee state and private forestlands tried to secretly kill spotted-owl habitat protections the timber industry didn't like.
Nov 10, 2005: Tighter review of owl habitat rejected
Seattle P-I, November 10, 2005; Stressing the need to collaborate with the timber industry to rescue the spotted owl, the state board that regulates logging companies rejected on Wednesday a proposal to more closely scrutinize timber cutting in the bird's remaining habitat.