1984: Final Environmental Impact Statement Published
In May 1984, the Forest Service published its Final Regional Guide and accompanying Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Pacific Northwest Region. These documents listed standards and guidelines for spotted owl habitat management and directed the consideration of such management in the national forest planning process.
In October 1984, a number of wildlife organizations claimed the plan did not adequately protect owls and their ancient forest habitat, and appealed the regional guide to the Chief of the Forest Service. The Chief responded against the conservation groups, only to have his ruling reversed by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. The Regional Guide and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement were then sent back to the Regional Forester for preparation of a supplement that would more adequately cover spotted owl management concerns.
USDA Forest Service. “Draft Supplement to the Environmental Impact Statement for an Amendment to the Pacific Northwest Regional Guide: Volume 1, Spotted Owl Guidelines." USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region, 1986.
Northwest Regional Guide: Volume 1, Spotted Owl Guidelines.” USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region, 1986.