Conservation Groups Challenge Owl Recovery Plan

By: Jeff Barnard AP
By: Jeff Barnard AP

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Conservation groups are suing the Bush
administration to undo the northern spotted owl recovery plan that
is making it possible to ramp up old growth forest logging in Oregon.

The lawsuit from 18 different conservation groups was to be filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Dominick DellaSala of the National Center for Conservation Science & Policy says the lawsuit accuses the Bush administration of politically interfering with the recovery plan, with the result that it was not be based on the best available science.

The plan for saving the owl from extinction twice flunked peer reviews by independent scientists, who said it contained no scientific basis for allowing more logging of the old growth forests where the threatened birds live.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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