My name is Connor, and I am 8 years old and in the third grade at Browns Point Elementary School in Tacoma. I just completed a “Community Expert” report on the conservation of the Northern spotted owl. This report made me wonder if we are doing enough to protect these owls.
I learned about the Northwest Forest Plan from the 1990s and about groups that are trying to help, such as Conservation Northwest and the Defenders of Wildlife. I really love nature because I picture myself as that living creature. If someone tried to injure or harm me, how would I feel? What if my home was taken away or destroyed?
I also learned that President Obama and Secretary Ken Salazar of the Department of the Interior are trying to create a compromise through a new plan. They hope to allow loggers to still come in to the owl’s habitat, the old growth forest, and cut down up to 60 percent and still allow for owls to have space and homes in this area.
I am worried that if they continue to allow loggers into the owl’s territory that the owls will lose too many trees and homes and die off as they have been doing for years. I know that there are only 11,000 owls left between Oregon, California, British Columbia and my home state, Washington.
What can my community do to help? Please join the conservation efforts and help save these owls.