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Maps of Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl Habitat Look 50 Years Ahead

Photo of A marbled murrelet. Josh London, NOAAA marbled murrelet. Josh London, NOAASnapshot : Station scientists developed detailed wall-to-wall maps of marbled murrelet and northern spotted owl habitat, both current and 50 years into the future, under seven different land-management scenarios.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Raphael, Martin G. 
Research Location : Oregon, Washington
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 537

Summary

The Oregon governor's office used information provided by the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station to assess the ecological effects of proposed alternatives for managing lands under the 1937 Oregon & California Lands Act. The O&C lands are a checkerboard pattern of different federal and county ownerships. In October 2012, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber convened a panel of conservationists, O&C County Commissioners, and timber industry representatives to advise him on issues related to management of the federally owned O&C Lands. The station contributed to the effort by advising the task group on how murrelet and owl habitat might be affected under seven different land management scenarios. Station scientists developed detailed wall-to-wall maps of marbled murrelet and northern spotted owl habitat, both current and 50 years into the future, under each scenario. The governor's task force used this information to better inform discussions about the feasibility of the proposed alternatives and to weigh consequences of each alternative on timber revenue as well as conservation value.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region
  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • USDI Bureau of Land Management

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