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Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat


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

March 23, 2021 | Legal Document

Spotted Owl Complaint

Earthjustice's Northwest office filed a complaint March 23, 2021 to protect more than 3 million acres of northern spotted owl habitat.

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.