Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Liz VanLeeuwen Spotted Owl Collection, 1973-2004

Scope and Content Note

The Liz VanLeeuwen Spotted Owl Collection describes the controversy surrounding the 1990 listing of the Northern Spotted Owl as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and the effect this listing had on the Oregon timber industry. Gathered from a variety of sources such as the federal government, the forest industry, environmental organizations, task forces/advisory boards, and local newspapers, the informational materials document attempts by VanLeeuwen and other governmental representatives to prevent the listing of the spotted owl and to have it "delisted" after being added to the endangered species list. The collection focuses mainly on the perspective of the timber industry during the spotted owl controversy but also includes materials related to discussions concerning the possible listing of the Marbled Murrelet, a North Pacific seabird. The collection includes correspondence and reports, publications, newspaper clippings, journal articles, note sheets, photographs, maps, audio cassettes, a VHS tape, and memorabilia and has been divided into five series.

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