The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is announcing the proposed revised critical habitat rule for the northern spotted owl that identifies 204,797 acres of exclusions from the 2012 critical habitat designation under section 4(b)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is simultaneously proposing to withdraw the January 15, 2021 rule that would have excluded 3.4 million acres of critical habitat for the northern spotted owl.
The exclusions being proposed will allow fuels management and sustainable timber harvesting to continue while supporting northern spotted owl recovery. The proposed exclusions are located in 15 Oregon counties in which 184,618 acres are on Bureau of Land Management-administered lands and 20,000 acres are on Tribal lands. This proposal is based on information d