PORTLAND, Ore. — The fates of northern spotted owls in Southern Oregon are in the hands of Ninth Circuit judges on Thursday, where attorneys for Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands appealed a district court’s dismissal of its attempt to stop a logging project in the Klamath Falls Resource Area. In 2019, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands and four other conservation groups sued the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approving the North Landscape Project, which, over ten years, allots up to 9,000 acres of timberland harvest. “That’s over 14 square miles of spotted owl habitat,” said Klamath-Siskiyou attorney Sangye Ince-Johannsen, who explained that planned logging will lead to the expected abandonment of five currently occupied spotted owl sites in the project area. According to Ince-Johannsen, the project comes at a time when the threatened species’ population is declining by 5% a year across its range and approximately 34% between 2011 and 2016.