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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

November 27, 2013 | Feature

ESA Advocate: Kristen Boyles' Forests of Feathers

Attorney Kristen Boyles has spent most of her career using the Endangered Species Act to protect species like the murrelet, salmon, and another ancient forest denizen, the northern spotted owl.

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

CA Spotted Owl FOIA Request

Seeks to obtain documents under the Freedom of Information Act related to USFWS's decision to not protect the California spotted owl (Sept 2, 2003)

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