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A judge has lifted a ban on permits for gathering firewood on national forests in New Mexico, just a couple of weeks after halting all timber management and saying the federal government needed to do more to protect the Mexican spotted owl.

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A judge has ruled that federal agencies have failed to monitor the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl population. The ruling stops prescribed burns and forest thinning in all of New Mexico’s National Forests to prevent accidental destruction of the owl’s habitat.