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CALIFORNIA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PLAN TO PETITION TO DELIST THE NORTHERN SPOTTED OWL IN CALIFORNIA

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the California Forestry Association:
 Today, even as California rural communities are attempting to absorb the shock of President Clinton's announcement to accept "Option 9," a disastrous forestry proposal, a new and promising plan was announced by the California Forestry Association to petition to delist the northern spotted owl in California.
 "By the end of July, the California Forestry Association (CFA) will petition the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove the northern spotted owl from the list of threatened species in California," said William Dennison, CFA president. "Over the last four years, the forest products industry has spent millions of dollars collecting data and analyzing population models."
 Efforts on behalf of the industry have shown the following:
 1) The least-biased estimate of the owl population today (1,774 pairs) shows it to be over three times the number of pairs known at the time of listing.
 2) At the time of listing, the Jack Ward Thomas report claimed that 79 percent of the owls lived on federal land. We now know that no more than 50 percent of the owls live on federal land. The densest population of owls in the west is on intensively managed private forest land.
 3) At the time of listing, owls were thought to depend on old-growth forests. We now know that owls thrive in many kinds of second-growth forests where trees average as small as 15 inches in diameter.
 4) Federal biologists claim that regardless of its size, the owl population is shown by models to be declining. We have sponsored studies by university scientists that show the logic of their argument to be faulty.
 "Without a doubt, the northern spotted owl should never have been listed as threatened in California," said Dennison. "We refuse to remain victims of 'junk science' any longer."
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Kvarda or Jim Craine of the California Forestry Association, 916-444-6592/


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