Wyden bill aims to end eastern Oregon timber disputes

By Matthew Preusch
The Oregonian

Study: No increased fire threat in owl habitat

JEFF BARNARD AP Environmental Writer  
July 6, 2009
Associated Press Archive

A new study challenges a basic justification about the threat of wildfires that the Bush administration used to make room for more logging in old growth forests that are home to the northern spotted owl.

The study, appearing in the journal Conservation Biology, found no increasing threat of severe wildfires destroying old growth forests in the drier areas where the owl lives in Oregon, Washington and Northern California.  Read more…

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