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Audubon Wins a Round on Spotted Owl

By NICK MCCANN
Courthouse News Service

The federal government withheld from the Audubon Society documents about government efforts to conserve the northern spotted owl, a federal judge found.

 The Audubon Society sued the National Resource Conservation Service in September 2010, for its failure to produce documents in a safe-harbor agreement between the agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

     The National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) was formerly known as the U.S. Soil Conservation Service.

     The safe-harbor agreement "relates to conservation of the northern spotted owl on private lands and is part of the NRCS's Healthy Forests Restoration Program," according to U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez's summary.
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