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USFWS reduces spotted owl critical habitat by nearly 3.5 million acres


January 20, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week finalized a new rule revising the designation of critical habitat for the northern spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) by excluding approximately 3,472,064 acres in Oregon, Washington and northern California.

The changes include forestland in Linn and Tillamook, Washington, Multnomah, Hood River, Wasco, Yamhill, Clackamas, Marion, Polk, Lincoln, Jefferson, Benton, Lane, Deschutes, Douglas, Coos, Klamath, Curry, Jackson, and Josephine counties in Oregon.

The rule comes after the USFWS announced in December that...

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