USFWS Proposes Revisions To Spotted Owl Critical Habitat, Withdraws Trump Administration’s Rule Excluding 3.4 Million Acres

July 22nd, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week said it is proposing a revised critical habitat rule for the northern spotted owl that identifies 204,797 acres of exclusions from the 2012 critical habitat designation under the Endangered Species Act. The Service is simultaneously proposing to withdraw the Trump Administration’s January 15, 2021 rule that would have excluded 3.4 million acres of critical habitat for the northern spotted owl.