The new Green Diamond Northern Spotted Owl Habitat Conservation Plan proposal has been delayed. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Green Diamond has decided to consider including the Humboldt Marten in the HCP. This is likely a reaction to EPIC’s recent petition to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Humboldt Marten under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Inclusion of the Humboldt Marten in the HCP would allow Green Diamond what is called take means habitat destruction for and what are considered otherwise lawful activities, i.e. logging.
Green Diamond is also still in the process of gathering information on Barred Owls, a habitat generalist that compete with NSO for habitat, and are known to harass NSO. Addressing the complex problems that Barred Owls pose to the conservation of the Northern Spotted Owl will be an important issue to follow in the new Green Diamond NSO HCP proposal.
The new target date for release of the Green Diamond NSO HCP Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is May or June of 2011. EPIC will continue to notify the public of important developments, and important dates related to the Green Diamond NSO HCP.