Public Comment Period Extended On Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Plan

In September we posted the announcement that the 2010 Draft Revised Revised Revised Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl is now out for your inspection and comments [here].

The USFWS has extended the comment period to Dec. 15th.

Public Comment Period Extended On Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Plan

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release [here]

Public comments accepted through December 15, 2010

A 30-day extension to the public comment period for the draft revised recovery plan for the northern spotted owl, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1990, was announced today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Public comments on the draft plan will now be accepted through December 15, 2010. … [more]

The Draft Plan is [here]

Emailed comments can be sent to: Written comments should be submitted to: Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, 2600 SE 98th Avenue, Ste. 100, Portland, OR 97266.

28 Nov 2010, 5:26pm
by bear bait

Is anyone telling the Feds that their Great Plains erosion and wind blocking tree plantings, fire fighting, and other nanny state activities created enough forest cover from the Eastern hardwood and pine forests, the Lakes area spruce and jackpine forests, to connect to the Rockies, and on to the home of the Northern Spotted Owl, and allowed migration of the Barred Owl to NSO habitat which is undoing any and all efforts to keep the NSO a “pure” species and in sufficient numbers.

They created the problem, not loggers. The problem is one of afforestation, not deforestation. The Feds aided and abetted the growing of trees in formerly treeless areas and in doing so provided the bridge to bring barred owls West. I propose we shoot all Barred Owls and deforest the Great Plains. Kidding, of course. But what, really, can you do about birds able to now breach what were once barriers to their out migration? Someone let some collared doves loose in the Bahamas, from North Africa or wherever, in 1978. Now we have them in Independence, Oregon, in spring, summer, and early fall. None here this winter. I had four pairs nesting in my immediate neighborhood last summer. What will they displace? Starlings? English sparrows?

Spotted Owls were touted as surrogates for old growth habitat. That “plan” failed, and now what is the point? Really, what is the point??

Spotted Owls are doing well in more arid sites, and will until the USFS burns them out of habitat there, like they have here with aplomb. No big deal. Ho hum.

Fire is truth. Fire is real. Fire is natural. Yep. And fire can cause extinction in fragmented, diverse habitats. So all this USFS conflagration cheer leading has had piss-poor results, and now they want comments? Ideas?



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