Federal judge orders U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revise northern spotted owl recovery plan
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan last Wednesday ordered the federal agency to come up with a new recovery plan within nine months for the threatened bird, which has been at the center of a long battle over logging in the Northwest. The judge also required revisions to the owl's critical habitat, which had been cut under the Bush administration.
The Obama administration had asked the federal court to send back the 2008 recovery and habitat plans, citing political interference in owl protections by a former deputy assistant Interior secretary, Julie MacDonald.
-- Associated Press
Photo: A northern spotted owl sits in a tree in Deschutes National Forest in Oregon. Credit: Associated Press