Skip to comments.Owl data knowingly faulty
Posted on 03/18/2002 6:44:48 AM PST by madflyEdited on 07/12/2004 3:52:07 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Forest Service officials knowingly used faulty data of spotted owl habitat to block logging in a California forest, according to court documents obtained by The Washington Times.
The Forest Service did not have a "rational basis" for halting the timber sale to Wetsel-Oviatt Lumber Company, said the previously undisclosed ruling by Federal Claims Court Judge Lawrence S. Margolis.
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I am searching to find who is on House Resources Committee. Please ping interested lists.
The truth is the owls will adapt to whatever happens
Exactly- one of the biofrauds we have here is the Red Cockaded Woodpecker.... according to eco-mythology, the poor little bird can only live in old-growth forests, so we aren't supposed to cut trees.
In fact, the birds are common here inside the city limits- I see the dern things all the time in my yard- and seem to be quite happy in any tree.
Mr. Verner must have taken a course in Spotted Owl Psychology 101, or himself nested in trees, to come up with a statement like this. Junk science, indeed!!
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Is there science to back up this claim?
According to one of the standard ecology textbooks, Charles Kreb's "Ecology", a survey by Bart & Forsman (1992) revealed that the owls were not found in forests which were only 50 - 80 years old and occurred only where old-growth stands were present. Landscapes containing less than 20% old-growth forest rarely supported the species. They also found that much of the protected wilderness of the Pacific Northwest didn't support owls either as these forests were less productive because they occur at higher elevations than much of the old-growth outside of the parks. LaHaye & Gutierrez (1999) found that spotted owls in northern California nested in trees older than 300 years and more than 1.2m in diameter over 80% of the time.
Here's the references for those who want to examine the data:
Krebs C.J.(2001) Ecology: the experimental analysis of distribution and adundance. 5th Ed.
Bart & Forsman (1992) dependence of northern spotted owls on old-growth forest in the western USA. Biological Conservation 62: 95 - 100
LaHaye & Gutierrez (1999)Nest sites and nesting habitat of the northern spotted owl in northern California. Condor: 101: 324 - 330
Judge Margolis ruled the Forest Service action was "arbitrary, capricious and without rational basis." He also found that the officials knew their findings were faulty when they ordered the sale canceled.
EPA rules will not change because of the enviro lobby is so powerful. They will pay off these companys and still keep the laws on the books. Anything to make a tree hugger happy
The point of this article is that any scientific survey done in the era of political correctness is suspect.
Have you got some scientific paper from pre-1982 that you could cite to back up your possibly correct claim?