In the April 6 "Looking Back 25 Years" feature, the story was of how politicians and industry were working to define how jobs and science regarding the spotted owl could co-exist. Now, 25 years later, we know the spotted owl "won," and jobs "lost."
The story led me to look up the most current "science" regarding the population of said owl. I found the following report from the 2005 state Department of Fish and Wildlife: "The primary causes of mortality for juveniles appear to be starvation and predation. The single study conducted on habitat use during dispersal indicates that spotted owls made substantial use of old forest, but also used various categories of younger forests" (emphasis mine).
Perhaps all the hype from environmentalists from the past 40 years that blocks and inhibits jobs, transportation and what amounts to one's liberty, is just that - media bias, lobbying dollars and vapid protest for the sake of protest.