A new study, published today in The Condor Ornithological Applications, found that productive, high-quality Spotted Owl territories in southern California remained occupied and reproductive after severe wildfire burned through the area. This is important information for forest managers to understand that severe forest fire is not a significant threat to this old-growth associated species, as has been commonly asserted. Monica Bond, a co-author of the study said, "Here is another dataset that shows fire is not a significant threat to Spotted Owls. The US Forest Service is logging our public lands under the guise of protecting Spotted Owls from fire, but there is no evidence that fire is a danger to the species. However, logging has been proven to harm the owls. This mis-management of our public lands must stop."
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