CONSERVING OLD GROWTH
I. A scientific committee has concluded that logging should be banned on some forest
lands to prevent the extinction of the northern spotted owl.
II. An independent group of scientists agreed with these conclusions.
III. The well-being of the spotted owl reflects the well-being of the entire old-growth
IV. Old growth forests include trees which are 200 to more than 1,000 years old
V. The policy would create Habitat Conservation Areas not contained in national parks or
The costs of the policy include
I. Higher prices for wood products due to a reduction in timber supply
ii. Government revenue losses due to reduced timber sales from publicly-owned lands, and
iii. The possibility of increased government costs for unemployment and other compensation
for timber-dependent regions.