The majestic ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest are some of the most iconic wild places in America. But now the federal government is considering changes that will allow more logging -- threatening the spotted owl, black bears and elk that call these ancient forests home.
Environmental champions have worked for decades to protect the Northern Spotted Owl and the ancient, pristine forests of the Northwest. Nearly two decades ago, Sierra Club and our allies won historic protections for a huge swath of these forests.
But now the timber industry is pressuring the federal government to roll these protections back and allow new industrial logging in protected old growth forest reserves. This would be disastrous for endangered species like the spotted owl that need these forests to survive.
Right now, the wildlife of the Northwest needs the protection more than ever. The effects of climate change mean that species need large, unbroken core habitat areas coupled with wildlife corridors for migration in order to survive. The currently-protected late-successional reserves provide an essential foundation for this type of protection and climate planning.