Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Save the Owls and the Old Growth Forests

The Northwest's rare old-growth forests are a national treasure. With nearly all of these ancient forests found on public National Forest land, the public has an obligation to see that they are managed responsibly.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently sponsored a dangerously irresponsible proposal to roll back protections for the Northern Spotted Owl, an endangered species whose numbers are still in decline. The Spotted Owl depends on old-growth forests for survival, but the Draft Recovery Plan intentionally ignores this well-documented research at the request of political leaders.

Please join me in letting the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife know you believe that precious old-growth ecosystems should be awarded the highest protections. We call for a Spotted Owl Recovery Plan that is grounded in solid science, and that will truly bolster the health of our old-growth ecosystems.

Take action here.

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