Environment: No Peace for the Owl

Despite mostly good news from Washington, the northern spotted owl is still out on a limb. Last week, only four days after the bird was declared a threatened species, the Bush Administration presented its plan to save the owl, preserve the ancient forest it inhabits in the Pacific Northwest and protect timber-industry jobs all at the same time. In fact, both environmentalists and loggers say, the plan does none of the above.

Since the birds nest in trees loggers prize, observers had expected Bush to stop the cutting. Government biologists had recommended adding 3 million acres of forest to existing preserves....

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