ODF habitat plan has many flaws


April 7, 2021

By Amanda Astor

The Oregon Department of Forestry is proposing major changes in state forest management.

Last year, the agency released a draft 70-year habitat conservation plan with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The hope was that such a plan would help protect threatened species while also improving revenues through timber harvests.

The plan fails on multiple counts.

A big focus of the plan is, of course, on the northern spotted owl. Regrettably, the draft HCP does not prioritize the survival and recovery of the spotted owl...

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