Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Spotted Owl Management, Policy, and Research Collection, 1969-1993

Two Northern Spotted Owls.

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MSS SpottedOwl

The Spotted Owl Management, Policy, and Research Collection consists of documents assembled by E. Charles Meslow pertaining to the northern spotted owl controversy in the Pacific Northwest during the 1980s and early 1990s. The documents include published and unpublished materials such as scientific reports, correspondence, management plans and proposals, environmental impact statements, news articles, and documents submitted in litigation. Meslow conducted research on the northern spotted owl with the Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at Oregon State University and served on the Interagency Scientific Committee established in 1988 to address conservation of the northern spotted owl.

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Scope and Content Note


16.25 cubic feet; 48 boxes and 2 map folders


The materials were arranged by the collector into the following groups (now series): I. Scientific Reports; II. Reference Materials; III. Proposals; IV; Theses; V. Proposal to List Owl; VI. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Status Review; VII. Management Plans; VIII. Committee Efforts; IX. Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Team; X. Litigation; XI. Newspaper Articles; XII. Silviulture; XIII. Timber Sale Plans; XIV. Protocol and Standard Procedure; XV. Miscellaneous; XVI. Maps; XVII. Original News Articles; XVIII. Spotted Owl Record Index; XIX. Meslow and Forsman Manuscripts and Publications; and X. Additional STOC Files.

Related Papers

The Liz VanLeeuwen Spotted Owl Collection consists of materials collected and generated by former Oregon State Representative Liz VanLeeuwen pertaining to the listing of the spotted owl as a protected endangered species in Oregon. The Fisheries and Wildlife Department Records (RG 190) include research records of the Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.

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