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Spotted owl forest protection rollbacks reconsidered

Northern spotted owl
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Northern spotted owl

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department is delaying the Trump administration’s last-minute roll-back of federal protections for the northern spotted owl.

On Monday, federal officials said the changes will be reviewed, delaying their effective date from March 16 to April 15.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that on Jan. 15, just days before leaving office, the Trump administration published a final rule revising protections for the northern spotted owl. The rule lifted critical-habitat protections for the bird from 3.4 million acres in Oregon, Washington and California.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s had proposed a more modest revision, seeking to remove critical habitat status from a little over 200,000 acres in 15 counties in Oregon.

Earlier this month, Western Democrats led by Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley requested an immediate federal review into the decision.

Environment / News / Oregon-Northwest / Top Stories / Wildlife

The Associated Press

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      1. That will happen on land that the federal government is responsible for. That said, I think they should stop protecting the owl, the barred owl is taking it out anyway.

  1. It was stupid then as now. It is ok because the wacho’s ruined a lot of lives from making a living. Same weird dudes do the same thing with this climate change hoax. Remember we were supposed to have drowned 30 years ago.

    1. Climate change hoax? Every legitimate scientist that studies climate will validate the climate crisis, but don’t let facts get in the way of your feelings.

  2. Not sure who you’re calling ‘stupid’. If you’re referring to the photo, it is indeed the spotted owl. You can tell by the chest feathers. The are closely related, however the barred owl is actually an invasive species to this region.

    1. I was referring to what the threat to the spotted owls survival is. It was always that alien species the barred owl. Kinda like Californians. Non natives ruin everything.

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