Contact: Thomas O. McOwiti
University of New Mexico, Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network
Caption: Northern spotted owls and their prime habitat, old-growth forest, have been the subject of intensive investigation at the Andrews Forest LTER site for 40 years. This research has been a foundation for transformation of federal forest policy from an emphasis on timber production to protection of biodiversity.
Credit: A. Levno, US Forest Service
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