The federal government has been trying to balance logging and fish and wildlife habitat since the late 1980s.
The designation of the spotted owl as a threatened species in 1990 triggered a 90 percent cutback in logging on national forests in the northwest, and similar reductions spread around the nation.
Even so, the spotted owl has seen a 40 percent decline during the past 25 years, Fish and Wildlife officials said
The Bush administration tried to undue protections for the owls and other species to allow more logging, but the effort was turned back in court.
The timber industry reserved detailed comment on the latest proposal until it can look at the full plan.
American Forest Resource Council President Tom Partin said he wanted to see how much of the owl habitat remained from the draft last February. He urged Fish and Wildlife to get moving on efforts to control the invasion of the barred owl, an East Coast cousin that has been pushing the meeker spotted owl out of its territories.
The latest spotted owl recovery plan calls for killing some barred owls, but Fish and Wildlife has not come out with specifics.