Comment Period Ends Mar. 17, 2015
Remember the Northern Spotted Owl? It was a bird living in the Pacific northwest that was awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Threatened Species” designation in 1990. Vast swaths of timber were classified off limits to harvest. That action drove lumber prices to new levels of volatility, costing homebuilders and buyers of new homes millions at the time.

In April the agency will rule, under the Endangered Species Act, as to whether the Northern Long-Eared Bat will be classified as threatened or end...

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