American Bird Conservancy: webinar on Northern Spotted Owl

To: All Conservation Organizations and Scientific Societies
From: Steve Holmer
Date: May 24, 2012

Fly-in June 18-20 to Conserve Northern Spotted Owl Habitat
Conservationists from California, Oregon and Washington State are invited to Washington, D.C. June 18-20 to meet with congressional offices, administration officials, and agency staff.  Advocates will be addressing the growing list of threats to the Northwest’s old growth forest ecosystem, particularly the proposed Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat designation that proposes to weaken forest protection across the region and could lead to elimination of the system of owl reserves.

To participate, please contact, or call 202/234-7181 ext. 216.

Sign-On Letter Asking President Obama to Protect the Ancient Forests
Please consider endorsing the sign-on letter below that encourages President Obama to conserve the mature and old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest essential for the survival of the threatened Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet. The letter will be submitted as a comment on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed designation of critical habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl. As the letter indicates, there are concerns with the proposal that we are asking the Administration to address before it is finalized.  Your organization’s support is urgently needed.

To endorse the letter please send your organization, contact name, city and state to

Link to Northern Spotted Owl Webinar
The webinar Science, Policy, and Conserving the Northern Spotted Owl, which discusses the proposed Critical Habitat designation and other policies affecting owl conservation, is now available for viewing at

Take Action: Protect Northern Spotted Owl Habitat
Please forward the following action alert to your members. To take action to save the old growth forests click here: to contact President Obama and let him know you are concerned about the Administration’s proposal, which puts owl and murrelet habitat at risk and undermines the protections established in the Northwest Forest Plan.

Sign-On Letter to President Obama

July 6, 2012

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama,

The undersigned organizations urge your support for the conservation of the mature and old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. These magnificent forests provide clean drinking water for millions of Americans, a world-class tourism destination, sustainable forestry, and habitat essential to the survival of hundreds of species of wildlife.

Conservation of the old-growth ecosystem as symbolized by the Northwest Forest Plan developed under the leadership of President Bill Clinton was a significant environmental advance that ended decades of unsustainable management practices in the region.

Studies show that the Northwest Forest Plan is working as intended to retain mature and old forests, and that the highly fragmented forest ecosystem is growing back into the large blocks of mature forest habitat needed to maintain water quality and recover threatened species such as the Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet and Pacific salmon stocks.

Your administration recently released a draft Critical Habitat proposal for the Northern Spotted Owl that identifies sufficient habitat necessary to conserve the threatened species and the old-growth ecosystem upon which it depends. We commend the agency’s use of modeling to identify the proposed acreage which we believe represents the best available science.

However, the draft plan and accompanying Presidential Memorandum raise concern because of the proposed active management in owl critical habitat that is not supported by the best available science. Three major scientific societies are advising the administration to conduct more research on the effects of active management on owl populations before treatments are applied more broadly. We agree with the scientists’ call for caution.

The draft also includes provisions that could have the unintended consequence of weakening or eliminating habitat protections of the Northwest Forest Plan. We respectfully urge the administration to modify the proposed Critical Habitat rule to ensure that the protected reserves of the Northwest Forest Plan are maintained so that future generations of Americans will be assured they will have an opportunity to enjoy the splendor of these old-growth forests.


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