The June 30, 2011 release of the Revised Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl was an important step in what has been a multi-decade effort to recover the spotted owl. The Recovery Plan includes 33 recommended actions to achieve recovery, ranging from using up-to-date modeling tools to implement recovery actions to experimentally demonstrating the impact of barred owls on spotted owls to designing a post-delisting monitoring plan.
Recovery plans are guidance, not regulatory, documents and should be adaptable so that they can incorporate the best available information as new science emerges. In an effort to best incorporate new data and to most effectively implement the varied recovery actions, the USFWS developed multiple, collaborative implementation teams, management teams, and a scientific review panel. Team and work group members represent Federal agencies, the states, tribes, private industry, environmental organizations and academic institutions, and facilitate Recovery Plan implementation and recovery of the threatened spotted owl.