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Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat

Case Overview

The Fish and Wildlife Service approved several timber sales in areas nominally protected as critical habitat for the northern spotted owl. Earthjustice sued to stop the sales. In February 2007, the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals ruled that the FWS violated the Endangered Species Act when it approved the sales.

Case Updates

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Northern Spotted Owl Complaint

Challenges USFWS's approval of old-growth timber sales in southwest Oregon that by the agency’s own admission destroy critical habitat for threatened northern spotted owls (July 1, 2003)