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Saving the California Spotted Owl

A California spotted owl in the Stanislaus National Forest.

A California spotted owl in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Ryan Kalinowski / U.S. Forest Service

What's at Stake

The California spotted owl has declined in numbers as logging has accelerated.

Case Overview

The California spotted owl, a cousin of its more famous cousin, the northern spotted owl, has declined in numbers as logging has accelerated in the national forests of southern California and the Sierra Nevada.

Earthjustice brought a series of lawsuits aimed at forcing the U.S. Forest Service to adopt meaningful protections for the owl’s old forest habitat, or else face mandatory restrictions on logging under the federal Endangered Species Act.

We remain committed to preserving this imperiled and majestic species for future generations.

Case Updates

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

CA Spotted Owl Complaint

Challenges the USFWS's February 10, 2003, decision denying protection for the California Spotted Owl (May 2004)

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