↑ Watch Seeing the Forest by Alan Honick.Remember the Spotted Owl? Back in the day, you’d see pro-logging bumper stickers that said, “No more TP? Wipe your ass with a Spotted Owl!” Those were the good old days when that level of debate was confined to bumpers (we’re talking to you, distinguished gentleman holding a snowball in Congress to prove global warming isn’t real).
It turns out the Spotted Owl started a revolution. The founding document of that revolution is something called the Northwest Forest Plan. As you’ll see in the documentary, it was spearheaded by the Clinton administration.
The plan provided for five major goals:
- Never forget human and economic dimensions of the issues;
- Protect the long-term health of forests, wildlife, and waterways;
- Focus on scientifically sound, ecologically credible, and legally responsible strategies and implementation;
- Produce a predictable and sustainable level of timber sales and nontimber resources; and
- Ensure that federal agencies work together.
Twenty years later, we now see the forest for the trees. The forest is healthier. Rivers are cleaner. Salmon are spawning. It’s a remarkable reversal of fortune, and we’re all richer for it.