How an Owl Stopped The Lumberjacks

How an Owl Stopped The Lumberjacks
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.97

     challenging words:    agency, evenings, logging, species, mining, opposite, sawmill, timber, warning, seconds, direction, rented, rugged, fastest, rush, northern
     content words:    Umpqua National Forest, Oregon Country, Fort Vancouver, Ewing Young, Willamette Valley, Paul Bunyon, Wildlife Service, Federal District Judge William Dwyer

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How an Owl Stopped The Lumberjacks
By Sandra Marttinen

1     The owl sat on the tree branch watching as the lumberjacks came closer. Suddenly, the men put down their axes. Even the huge machines that could cut down a tree in 90 seconds, stopped. The men and machines left the forest. The owl had won a fight to keep men out of his habitat.
2     In Oregon's Umpqua National Forest, lumberjacks had been cutting down 200-year-old trees 190 feet tall. As acre by acre of the trees were cut down, the forest animals would leave the area to find another home. What had happened to make these men stop cutting down the trees?
3     Lumbering began in the Oregon Country in 1827 at Fort Vancouver. At first, most of the lumber was sent to Hawaii. Ewing Young built the first sawmill in the Willamette Valley. He knew that many settlers would need lumber to build their houses in this area. Some of the farmers rented or sold their land to the sawmills. The cleared land was an

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