Ecosystems Institute is assisting the US Fish and Wildlife Service
in preparation of the 5 year status review for the Northern
Spotted Owl. Beginning in fall 2003, and continuing to summer
2004, we will be collating a large amount of material, under
the guidance of an independent panel of experts. Our final goal
is a comprehensive and impartial evaluation of the scientific
information that has been developed since the time of listing
as threatened under ESA. Our task is scientific - all decision-making
regarding the listing status of the species will remain the
responsibility of USFWS. Similarly the panel and the final report
will not be making recommendations on management or policy.
Evaluation of regulatory adequacy (required under the ESA) will
also be carried out by USFWS.
is reviewing existing information, as submitted to the USFWS under
two comment periods. The panel will also be seeking additional data
as needed, and will hold at least three public meetings. At these
meetings, there will be formal presentations from invited outside
scientists, with the opportunity for questions and answers, together
with a final discussion period.
goal of the process is to provide a comprehensive and transparent
scientific evaluation of the materials available. This will include
a fair appraisal of the quality of the scientific information, and
any uncertainties that are present. The review will primarily focus
on new information that has become available since listing. Five
major review areas have been identified: habitat associations, habitat
distribution, genetics and taxonomy, inter-specific interactions,
and demography. Each subject area has an associated team of panelists,
SEI staff and other scientists.
can be obtained from SEI at: 503-246-5008 or email@example.com