But agency wildlife biologists would also question the often apocalyptic claims made by academic witnesses for the SCLDF, as would academic experts offered as witnesses by industry and community intervenor groups.
SCLDF's focus on judicial rulings also allows its history of the owl litigation to avoid recounting the contested legal terrain from which they emerged.
No one better understood how to displace the agencies' presumed expertise with outside scientific authority than Andy Stahl, a resource analyst at the SCLDF, whose father was a University of Oregon professor of molecular biology.
After SCLDF recruited Russell Lande to construct owl population and habitat models, industry groups recruited Larry Irwin to do demographic research, although it appears that industry was not aware of SCLDF's recruitment of Lande or his modeling efforts.
During the two years that Stahl and the SCLDF spent twiddling their thumbs, Lande also significantly reduced his estimates of owl population declines, but this had no effect on his conclusion that the owl was threatened with extinction by continued logging.
To lay more foundation, we had to push the issue to get newsworthy events." (66) By this time, Stahl was working for the SCLDF. In August, 1987, the SCLDF filed a second petition on behalf of twenty-eight environmental groups to list the owl, relying on Lande's paper.
Stahl, Victor Sher, and SCLDF lead owl litigation against federal land managers
While the lead plaintiffs in the owl suits were the Portland and Seattle chapters of the Audubon Society and the SCLDF represented these and other plaintiff environmental groups, the owl litigation strategy did not originate with nor was it run by these environmental groups.
SCLDF shared the environmental groups' concerns about provoking a legislative backlash against the ESA.
(73) This article will show how the northern spotted owl was socially rather than genetically engineered by the SCLDF and the federal judges who acceded to their appeals.
Who will stop them then?" The SCLDF complaint notes that over the course of eight years of oil development in the Northern Oriente, the influx of colonists more than tripled the local population from 74,000 to 260,000.
"It's no longer clear who's supposed to do what," states SCLDF attorney Neil Popovic.