The Spotted Owl in N California

Activists Ask 9th to Favor Owl Over Logging Project
By MATT REYNOLDS

PASADENA, Calif. (CN) – A logging project in Shasta-Trinity National Forest could harm the habitat of the northern spotted owl, environmentalists told the 9th Circuit.

Conservation Congress says U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton erred in finding last year that the timber sale, known as the mudflow project, would not damage habitat set aside for the owl.

The Forest Service, meanwhile, claims that the logging project will enhance the habitat by reducing forest disease and wildfires.

Conservation Congress sued the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 over the logging project approved for roughly 3,000 acres of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California. KEEP READING >>< /p>