For decades, the threatened Northern Spotted Owl has been inextricably linked with forest management decisions. The owl has become both a symbol for some conservationists, as well as a flash point for some who blame the owl for ruining timber harvests. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is announcing a formal recovery plan for the owl Thursday — but some of its elements have already drawn fire, like the new modeling tool to predict how various factors will affects Spotted Owl populations.
Do you work to conserve spotted owls or old growth forests? Do you work in the timber industry? Have you been affected by limited logging in old growth forest areas? How important is preserving the Northern Spotted Owl to you?
- Paul Henson: State supervisor for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service