Nice review of the owl debacle Michelle. Having done research on another listed bird, the Marbled Murrelet, a seabird that needs old-growth trees for nesting habitat, I can verify that this is all about preventing tree harvest on public forest lands. The recent 9 million acre set aside contains no/few old-growth trees (>200 years old). Another point - the Barred Owl and Northern Spotted Owl are sibling species, i.e. they were one species once, then the east and west pop's were separated with habitat change since the last ice age. That is why they successfully hybridize to produce the "Sparred Owl" now that they are together again. The point - delist the Spotted Owl and let nature take its course.