California: US Fish & Wildlife says it’s green-minded to sell out future survival of Spotted owls on Van Eck land

The Safe Harbor Agreement gives the Fred M. van Eck Forest Foundation, and the Pacific Forest Trust that manages the property, some endangered species leeway. Since the trust is looking to grow timber, as part of being the state’s first forest carbon emissions reduction project, it may attract more spotted owls than the pair already on the property. The agreement will allow the management of the forest without exposing it to restrictions on spotted owls that move in.

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Specifically, the 90-year agreement draws boundaries for areas that
won’t be logged when owls are nearby or nesting, according to the
Pacific Forest Trust. It also indicates areas that will remain
accessible for cutting if more owls are attracted to the property.

The Safe Harbor Agreement was crafted to help landowners manage their land for endangered species while shielding them from regulations that can come with them. The agreements have been used to encourage grape growers to improve streamside forests in the San Joaquin Valley for the threatened valley elderberry longhorn beetle, and in the southeast to manage pine forests for the protected red cockaded woodpecker.

Without some kind of operational certainty, landowners may not risk
management that might attract threatened species, said Pacific Forest
Trust President Laurie Wayburn. But the state is trying to prompt
people to manage forests to sequester carbon to offset pollution and
stem global warming, she said, and safe harbor agreements could help.

”There is a tremendous synergy between restoring forests for climate
benefits and restoring their habitat for the suite of species that are
threatened and endangered,” Wayburn said.

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