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The Northern Spotted Owl Controversy Jobs Vs Environmental Protection Introduction The mere mention of the creatures name brings shudders to loggers and some local inhabitants fear over its existence has incited rallies garnered the attention of three government agencies and caused people to tie themselves to trees On April 2 1993 President Bill Clinton embarked on a quest to settle a long-standing battle The environmentalists on one side and their attempts to protect natural resources and the timber industrys desire for the same on the other Unemployment and economic devastation was said to surely follow due to the loss of timber industry jobs No trees were allowed to be cut within 70 acres of The Northern Spotted Owls nest Other laws protected trees in a 2000-acre circle around the birds Listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act the Northern Spotted Owl has inadvertently landed in the in middle of the complicated debate over logging in the Pacific Northwest Under the Act logging of many old-growth forests has been suspended to protect the bird and its remaining habitat Survival of the Northern Spotted Owl The Northern Spotted Owl can only live in old growth environment it is considered an indicator species The health of the Northern Spotted Owl population indicates the health of the old-growth forest ecosystem An individual Northern Spotted Owl needs more than 3000 acres of old growth to survive because of its scarce food supply The Northern Spotted Owl is found in the cool moist woodlands on the Pacific Northwest The habitat of the Northern Spotted Owl can be described as trees relatively large in diameter in the stand multi-layered canopy large tall live trees with cavities broken tops mistletoe or platforms of branches capable of holding accumulated organic matter suitable for use as a nest dead standing trees and fallen decayed trees to support abundant populations of prey species especially northern flying squirrels and woodrats The Timber Industry
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