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This bird earned questionable notoriety as a job buster. It is the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis), listed as threatened in 1990; it w as expected to cause thousands of job losses by disrupting logging in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. The actual cost of protection to the regional economy is not yet known.

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Captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in a clearcut near Merlin, Oregon. Habitat loss and climate change are the two primary factors leading to the extinction of species. (US: Threatened)

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A hydroelectric dam’s giant propeller undergoes repairs along the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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Old growth logs are readied for export in Washington state.

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Spillway of the Lower Granite Dam (hydroelectric) on the Columbia River.

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Spillway of the Lower Granite Dam (hydroelectric) on the Columbia River.

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A hydroelectric dam on the Snake R. (a tributary of the Columbia) in Hell’s Canyon.

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