Forest destruction takes tragic toll on wildlife

By Donna Crossland, Healthy Forest Coalition, Tupperville
The Chronicle Herald
October 18, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Donna Crossland

…Between 30,000 and 50,000 hectares of forests are clearcut annually with no thought given to wildlife habitat — i.e., is there sufficient food and winter shelter remaining on the landscape in the form of protective forest canopies, large hollow trees, seed crops and browse? Have we already removed too much forest on a given landscape to allow the bobcat to survive? A black bear was found curled up in a depression in a large clearcut one winter, reported wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft. No cover was available. …Wildlife is not factored into forestry decisions, other than leaving tiny remnant patches for a rare bird or lichen, or for occasional mainland moose (nearly gone), or creating those utterly ridiculous “wildlife clumps” that have little basis in ecosystem science.

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