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Because numbers of spotted owls within the watershed are a result of influences outside the watershed and outside our control, we measure progress under the HCP by focusing on upland forest habitat protection and restoration.
Measuring Success for Protecting Watershed Habitats
Active forest habitat restoration projects encompass only a small fraction of the land area in the watershed. Most of the forest will simply be protected from threats and left alone to develop the old-growth structure and species diversity required by spotted owls through passive restoration. We measure our success in protecting watershed habitats for spotted owls by documenting our efforts in preventing and suppressing fire.
View more information on habitat protection metrics.
Measuring Success for Upland Forest Habitat Restoration
Many active upland forest habitat restoration projects are spatially located to provide benefit to old-growth dependent species such as spotted owls. Projects are designed to create larger patches of forest with old-growth characteristics and to provide connectivity between these patches. This should benefit spotted owls by providing the larger patches of nesting and foraging habitat they require.
View upland forest habitat restoration metrics.