Erik Lukens column: Spotted owls ruffle feathers at Cultus Lake

Forest Service seeks alternative to absurd summer-long shutdown.

The spotted owl, a threatened species, isn’t the most commonly found critter in Oregon’s forests. But with the exception of Bigfoot, it’s certainly the most famous. There was bound to be a reaction, then, when Deschutes National Forest officials pointed to spotted owls last week in announcing that the discovery of a few hundred unstable trees at Cultus Lake might shut down a popular campground, day use area and perhaps even a boat launch for the summer.

Source: Erik Lukens column: Spotted owls ruffle feathers at Cultus Lake; Forest Service seeks alternative to absurd summer-long shutdown