The New York Times notes that the Lord's Prayer contains 56 words, the 23rd Psalm 118 words, the Gettysburg Address 226 words, and the Ten Commandments 297 words, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture directive on pricing cabbage weighs in at 15,629 words.
In the Sierra National Forest, the owl is projected to find suitable habitat in any timber older than 60 years. Optimum habitat is supposed to be found in timber between 120 and 230 years. Timber older than 230 years declines in habitat quality. As a result, the designation of land as wilderness is projected to reduce spotted owl habitat because the trees grow older than 230 years. To maintain habitat, the yield tables indicate that old-growth must be cut - a claim that contradicts the biological needs of old-growth-dependent species.
Throughout the country, wildlife concerns, whether for old-growth, big game, or diversity, are being used as a mandate to clearcut forests.