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A northern spotted owl in the old growth forest of Oregon

‘Timber Wars’ episode 3: The owl

How a reclusive bird halted the march of chainsaws through the Northwest's last stands of ancient forest.

'Timber Wars’ episode 4: Mill City

Before the protests and court cases, Mill City lived up to its name as a place where sawmills created plenty of jobs.

‘Timber Wars’ episode 5: The plan

The Timber Wars reached a scale that the president held a first-of-its-kind summit to broker peace to an environmental conflict.

Listen: ‘Timber Wars,’ a new podcast from OPB

OPB's seven-episode podcast "Timber Wars" premieres Sept. 22. It tells the behind-the-scenes story of how a small group of activists and scientists turned the fight over ancient trees and a bird that no one had heard about into one of the biggest environmental conflicts of the 20th century.

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Thirty years ago, the Northwest was torn apart in a fight over trees, owls and the meaning of the natural world. “Timber Wars” looks at the history and consequences of this conflict. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the NPR One app.