Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Help Protect Habitat for Northern Spotted Owl

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting comments on protecting "critical" habitat for endangered northern spotted owls -- so please, help us push for a designation that includes all the habitat these unique owls need to survive and recover.

Long a symbol of the Pacific Northwest's old-growth forests, spotted owls are threatened by both logging and the invasion of their territory by closely related barred owls. The Northwest Forest Plan protected a large portion of the owls' habitat on federal lands, but old forests continue to be cut down on private and state lands.

The Obama administration has proposed to designate nearly 14 million acres of critical habitat for these owls -- an area that covers parts of Washington, Oregon and California. But the proposal also considers excluding more than 4 million acres because they're supposedly protected by other means.

Please tell the Service to protect all the owls' essential habitat.

Take action by using this Web address: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10966

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