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The Spotted Owl Controversy
A discussion of the controversy surrounding the spotted owl.
# 120237 | 867 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 07, 2010 in Business (Industries) , Environmental Studies (Wildlife Protection)

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This paper traces debate and controversy surrounding the spotted owl citing some issues that have not yet been resolved. First, the author describes the history of the conflict between environmentalists and the timber industry in Pacific Northwest, citing Eric Forsman master's thesis that stated the spotted owls were declining as a result of habitat loss. The paper then describes the ongoing litigation by environmental groups to protect the owl, and the timber industry's response. The paper concludes by showing how this issue is still far from resolved.

From the Paper:

"The northern spotted owl is a native owl to the United States Pacific Northwest. It became the focus of environmentalists when an Oregon State graduate named Eric Forsman published a master's thesis stating the spotted owls were "declining as a result of habitat loss" ( This presented the environmentalists an opportunity to test the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Opposed to the economically efficient but devastating method of clear cutting, environmentalists saw their window. However, the timber industry fueled its opposition, creating the controversy. If the owl were to be protected, the timber industry would have to "lay off thousands of workers; communities and regions whose economy and social fabric rely on timber would suffer dramatically" (Lange, 161). The environmentalists had many arguments to back their fight, including that deforestation decreases biological diversity, animal habitat, and scenic beauty. Reforestation efforts, not always successful, could not replace old growth's diversity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lange, Jonathon L. The Logic of Competing Information Campaigns: Conflict Over Old Growth and The Spotted Owl. Communication Monographs, Volume 60, September 1993.
  • Moore, Mark P. Constructing Irreconcilable Conflict. Environmental Communication Packet, Professor John W. Delicath, Spring 2001.

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