Owl Habitat Boost Would Hurt Timber Industry, Lawmaker Says

Law360, New York (November 26, 2012, 3:59 PM EST) -- The Republican chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee recently blasted the Obama administration’s proposal to increase the northern spotted owl’s federally protected habitat by 4.3 million acres, arguing it would drain taxpayer dollars and damage the timber industry.

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said the proposal would cost millions of taxpayer dollars and lock up large portions of federal land without addressing the issue of the barred owl's encroachment on spotted owl territory. Hastings released his statement Wednesday after the U.S. Department of the Interior released...
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