Whoooo’s No. 1? Government says Northern spotted owl

Woodsy the Owl

Woodsy the Owl has become Obama's Public Enemy Number 1

By Rebekah Rast — A 1-pound bird attributed to the demise of the logging industry some 20 years ago in the northwest part of the country is back in the news.

The bird is the northern spotted owl, an endangered species, which is still struggling to survive, despite huge federal government interventions.

The latest plan by President Obama is to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has dominated its smaller counterpart.

This must be one special bird — worth killing another bird over and an entire industry that was once vital to this country as well as the thousands of jobs that went along with it.

The spotted owl was once thought to only be able to survive in old forests, overgrown and unmaintained.  When it became an endangered special in 1990, and even before, great cutbacks were made in the logging industry throughout California, Oregon and Washington states.  Yet, despite massive growths in forest land, the owl’s population continues to decline.

Bob Mion, communications director at California Forestry Association, said that many sawmills in Washington State were forced to shut down because of the spotted owl.  Come to find out, he says, the owl thrives on managed lands, not the untouched, mismanaged federal lands.  The owl’s favorite food is a wood rat, Mion claims.  “If the forest is overgrown, it can’t see the rat.”

And that insight forestry experts have known for years is finally making its way to the White House — hopefully.

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar claims that some protected land where the spotted owl resides will be re-opened to what is left of the logging industry.  A statement by the Interior Department states, “This proposal recommends substantially increasing active management of forests, consistent with ecological forestry principles, in areas designated as critical habitat.”

However, many forestry organizations are doubtful that the timber industry will reemerge in these protected forests.  The Statesman Journal quotes American Forest Resource Council President Tom Partin as saying, “Habitat is not the current limiting factor for the northern spotted owl, nor is historic loss of old-growth.  In fact, the amount of old growth on our federal forests is increasing while the spotted owl’s numbers are decreasing.” Partin went on to say he was skeptical that “so-called ecological logging would produce a significant amount of timber or jobs.”

It seems the spotted owl is just another example of the government picking winners and losers.  Never mind that the natural-residing barred owl is a stronger more adaptable bird with a more varied diet and habitat.  The government has made up its mind: The spotted owl wins.

“Every action has a reaction and the more we mess with nature and natural occurrences the more we create a new mess,” says Don Todd, director of research for Americans for Limited Government (ALG).   “While resolving one problem a bigger and worse problem is created at the same time.”

By the government trying to save one species, of which to date none of its methods have been successful, it has caused much harm. Livelihoods of those people and communities that depended on the timber industry were crushed under the government’s heavy environmental hand, and now the population of a successful native species is about to be greatly impacted in the name of the spotted owl.

“I always thought it was God’s job to take care of population growth, but I guess now it’s the government’s,” says Bill Wilson, president of ALG.

He jokes, “Makes you wonder how species and humans alike survived before this administration.”

Rebekah Rast is a contributing editor to Americans for Limited Government (ALG) and a contributor at NetRightDaily.com.  You can follow her on twitter at @RebekahRast.

This article has 26 comments
  • Politicstick 01.03.2012 3:05 PM

    I heard (years ago) that the population numbers of the Spotted Owl in the original study were greatly under counted, to cause the urgency for the huge restrictions that led to the original collapse of the logging industry. A renewable resource that somehow isn’t renewable enough. You see, it isn’t about the environment or endangered species, it is about control. (see Agenda 21)

  • right field 01.03.2012 4:26 PM

    I wonder if the original study was fudged (like global warming studies) to get the results they wanted (shut down logging industry)?  Who’s gonna contradict the report?  I mean, it IS an official scientific report and EPA is involved and… 

    You know, just make the report say re-population requires old growth forests.  Yeah, that will do it.  Problem solved.  No more loggers. 

  • Benjamin Fox 01.03.2012 5:18 PM

    Amen to that Politicstick;  The Hitler has arisen and is our leader and since he is demonic he hates God and worships a little god who tells him every lie to tell since he was the father of lie’s,  Great comment and knowledge:

  • Jim Patriot 01.03.2012 5:28 PM

    In other news, the White House announced that they are going to start shooting Christians and Conservatives to help muslims and liberals survive!

  • Michael 01.03.2012 5:48 PM

     Herr Fox;
           You may have written your post in jest, but Hitler did chose winners and losers and the Jews and Catholics of 1930s Germany can attest to that.  Those that survived, that is.  G. Soros got such glee over picking over the Jews’ bones in those days and I am sure he is licking his chops over the leavings his boy Obama is preparing for him.

  • R. Cook 01.03.2012 6:35 PM

    Ahh yes. we can’t have a natural migration of one of natures creatures interfering with the environmental lobby’s ideology or their chosen poster child.

    Barred owls — which, ironically, are dwindling toward extinction where they came from back East — also have been known to kill and to mate with spotted owls. Scientists are zeroing in on the barred owl as a prime suspect in killing off the spotted owl.
    We certainly can’t have nature interfering with what some environmentalists have designated as a preferred species.

  • Jmortensen 01.03.2012 7:29 PM

    Oh my .. as if there are no problems in this Country .. Our Glorious leader can nothing more to legislate the killing of Owls ..as long as it doesn’t interfer with his vacations or golf games .. never let it be said “there was never an  Owl he didn’t want to shoot” ..

  • Jmortensen 01.03.2012 7:33 PM

    Correction: our glorious leader can do nothing better than legislate the Killing of Owls ..
    Sorry my fingers got tangled up ..

  • Jill 01.03.2012 8:42 PM

    Burn the white house forget the Korans. Get the real enemy.

  • Dean 01.03.2012 9:43 PM

    Yes, we have some hugh national problems, don’t we?  Where do these morons come up with stuff like this?

  • leroym33 02.03.2012 12:35 AM

    ” Come to find out, he says, the owl thrives on managed lands, not the untouched, mismanaged federal lands.  The owl’s favorite food is a wood rat, Mion claims.  “If the forest is overgrown, it can’t see the rat.”
    So how do these ‘out of touch people’ account for the fact that this owl made it just fine on untouched, overgrown forested land for these many centuries without starving themselves out of existence because they could not see the wood rat?

    I seriously think they need some new advisers.

  • Greg137 02.03.2012 4:36 AM

    When the government picks winners and losers, everyone , and I mean EVERYONE loses(even though some people weren’t picked for either position they lose too)!

  • Nhills3 02.03.2012 11:36 AM

    Why is anyone surprised?  Obama’s first line of defense for anything is to destroy the opposition.

  • Citizen1vote 03.03.2012 10:04 PM

    One has to go animals or humans. The communist like obama say it`s humans have to go.

  • MT Hammer 18.07.2012 11:25 PM

    please someone tell me who in government is responsasble for this catastrophe ,I need names why in the hell are the people he lost their jobs in Oregon why didnt they scream to the high heavens about it . You cant tellme that Fox News didnt help you guys ,I know ABC,CBS,NBC wouldnt help you they are all pro left liberal government. This guy Obama has to go big time , all we need to do is et the truth out about Obama to the American People.

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