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Spotted owls, logging & environmentalists

The spotted owl is the symbol of forest preservation and has been the legal basis for a reduction in logging.

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:22 PM ET
By Patrick Moore | Author
"Green Spirit"

Species diversity cannot be discussed today without mention of the spotted owl. This little night hunter has become the symbol of forest preservation in the US Pacific Northwest.

It has provided the legal basis for a major reduction in logging in the National Forests, large tracts of public land controlled from Washington, DC. The spotted owl is listed as a "threatened" species under US legislation, one step away from "endangered."

As a result the species qualifies for protection under ...

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