Guiberson (Salmon Story, 1993, etc.) gives a fine account of the plight of the spotted owl and the ancient forest, as well as that of the loggers and their communities. In fact, while she spends more time on the owl than the logger, she never quite convinces her reader that preserving the owl is necessary -- probably because she takes it for granted that the bias will be in the owl's favor. Still, she successfully explains why the ancient forests are necessary to the survival of the owl; why the owl's situation was not noted until fairly recently (their camouflage and nocturnal habits contributed to this); and how environmentalists and local artisans are working to preserve both the owl and environmentally responsible industry. This is a well-balanced look at the controversy surrounding conservation attempts, perhaps even more balanced than Guiberson intends.