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Implementation of Northern Spotted Owl habitat reduction delayed


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The Department of the Interior announced yesterday, via an emailed statement, that it will delay implementation of the final rule reducing the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat in Washington, Oregon, and California.

That final rule, published in January, would have reduced the owl’s critical habitat from 9.6 million acres to about 6.1 million acres.

The rule was set to go into effect on March 16; that date will be delayed until April 30. A notice was published in the Federal Register on March 1. You can read the notice and submit comments here.

In December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued another final rule, declining to reclassify the Norther Spotted Owl from threatened to endangered.

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