Was the Interior Department’s recovery plan for the northern spotted owl watered down because of political pressure to favor logging interests? Six peer reviews of the plan (five of them funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) suggest yes. So do 113 scientists who sent a letter yesterday asking the Interior Department to rewrite its draft plan, which favored shooting spotted owl predators instead of conserving the bird’s old-growth forest habitat. So do 23 congressional Democrats who sent a similar letter. What do you think? Let your voice be heard: comment on the plan before the deadline Friday.

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