Sunday, August 09, 2015

Tim Martin Looks At Spotted Owl Preservation

Tim Standard columnist, Tim Martin, looks this week at U.S. Fish and Wildlife policy regarding spotted owls. He actually gives some friendly comments about redwood logging:

"In 1990 the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the spotted owl as an endangered species. As a result, federal and state forests were closed to logging. Entire communities were devastated. Despite this, the spotted owl is no better off now than it was 25 years ago. Major cutbacks in the logging of redwood forests (the spotted owl’s habitat) failed to turn around their population decline.
Meanwhile, our economy has gone belly-up and we now burn our forests since we can no longer harvest them."

Last time he was at all critical of environmental efforts- that commentary suggesting environmentalists need to mellow out a bit and not be so negative- local lefty Sylvia de Rooy left a comment suggesting the Times- Standard shouldn't publish such "trash". I won't be surprised if she responds the same way to this one. Nothing yet, but it's still early.


At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody know how many studies were conducted on the spotted owl? Apparently, the lucky ones are euthanized, then tested. Maybe I'm cynical in my old age, ... naw, no maybes about it.

At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"we now burn our forests since we can no longer harvest them."

Huh? It ain't the redwoods that are burning, it's all the single culture fir, pine and dead hardwood deliberately killed by the timber industry that are ablaze. Redwood logging is still happening, ya know. There just aren't any of those Million $ trees left. They've been gone a long time now. But, we can still dig on all those groovy olden time photos with scrum teams of loggers sitting in the huge cuts they sawed and chopped and pretend that there must still be tons more like them around. If only the state and feds would let us the $$$ dream will never end. Bastids.

And then there's "climate change", two dirty words, which in the believers bible, don't exist.

And let's not even discuss the effects of poisoned rodents that owls eat wrought by an out-of-control pot industry.

Of course, good, free market libertarian thinkers approve of any industry that regulates itself.

Yup, the feds are to blame for this. Short and simple

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well no one wants to come out and say it so I will. The utter failure of the Fish + Wildlife service's listing the Spotted Owl as an endangered species along with the many changes in forestry harvesting rules and regulations is such an embarrassment not to mention the waste of untold millions of dollars because of the simple fact that Spotted Owl's decline is due mainly to them being preyed upon by barred and great horned owls

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't log a tree of any kind if the tree is within miles of a redwood tree that might have perched an owl once upon a time.
I agree with the article & the commenters, the agencies are out of line.


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