Best Management Practices for Managing Spotted Owl Habitat July 7, 2009 Page 2 The primary purpose of the LTOHA is to recover and sustain the Spotted Owl population to prevent extirpation of the species. Chapter 4: Northern Spotted Owl Habitat and Populations: Status and Threats Damon B. Lesmeister, Raymond J. Davis, Peter H. Singleton, and J. David Wiens1 Introduction The northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990 (USFWS 1990). The management goal in the LTOHA is to achieve 100% suitable Spotted … forests and the conservation of spotted owl habitat (Peeryetal.2019;Stephensetal.2019).Akeyfeature of the current conflict involves the potential effects of large, severe wildfires on spotted owls. The Spotted owl is a resident bird of old-growth forests in western North America. We evaluated the annual climate cycle for threatened Mexican Spotted Owls (Strix occidentalis lucida) in high‐elevation mixed‐conifer forests in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico from 2005 to 2010. Spotted Owl habitat within the Crown Forest: Long-Term Owl Habitat Areas (LTOHA) and Managed Future Habitat Areas (MFHA). Therefore, management plans have been put into effect to protect some of the northern spotted owl’s habitat. During the night it hunts on small mammals and birds. Covariates used to model California spotted owl habitat selection in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks California, including the variable description, class, type, and values. This owl is under pressure from habitat destruction throughout its range and is currently classified as a near-threatened species. Pacific Northwest Forestry. Additionally, as the barred owl has moved into the spotted owl’s habitat, there is a high likelihood that barred owl diseases will also move into the spotted owl’s territory. As the encroachment of the barred owl and the effects of climate change continue to pose a threat to the spotted owl, human intervention might be the only way to save them. The other main threat to northern spotted owls is competition with barred owls, a species that is widespread throughout the eastern U.S. but also overlaps with the range of spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest.