Bush's Spotted Owl Plan is Sellout to Big Timber:
Sept. 6, 2007, http://tws.org
If the Bush Administration has its way, the northern spotted owl could go the way of the dodo.
The Administration has released a "Draft Spotted Owl Recovery Plan" that is seriously flawed. The galling thing about it: they know it's a bad plan! It failed a recent scientific peer review and rolls back more than a decade of wildlife protections by reducing critical habitat for owls, AND SELLING ANCIENT FORESTS TO BIG TIMBER.
Now we have another opportunity for you to speak out.
Our rare old-growth forests and the species within deserve the highest protections. Instead, they are in the hands of Undersecretary of Agriculture, Mark Rey, a former top lobbyist for the timber industry!
He's hoping to keep the new plans under the radar. We need your help to ensure that the Bush Administration knows—without a doubt—that we're watching every attempt to open America's ancient forests to logging.
The Bush Administration seems to think that genuine wildlife protections are unimportant, but we disagree! The plan would open fragile land to development, decreasing habitat ranges for the spotted owl.
They call it a "Recovery Plan" for the spotted owl, but it seems their only goal is to recover more profits for Big Timber. We must protect the last remaining ancient forests and all they hold, like the northern spotted owl, an endangered species whose numbers are dwindling.
More than 24,000 Wilderness Society activists contacted the Fish and Wildlife Service about the flawed spotted owl recovery plan. But there's more we can do.
Please join me in calling for the immediate withdrawal of this plan!
Thank you for all that you do for our ancient forests and so many other wild places.
The Wilderness Society