Logging in Chehalis draws renewed advocacy for endangered spotted owl

By Adam Louis
The Abbotsford News
November 10, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

HARRISON MILLS, BC — Recent logging activity in the Chehalis area is seen as a setback for one of the rarest birds in British Columbia. In 40 years, a swath of forest north of Harrison Mills could have qualified as old growth, which would have been viable habitat for the spotted owl. The forest that had been growing since around World War II was approved for logging this year, and it’s being harvested. …Joe Foy with the Wilderness Committee, said that while the harvesting of the Chehalis area trees isn’t necessarily fatal for spotted owl conservation efforts, it would make species recovery less likely. …Foy said the fragmented nature of potential habitat for spotted owls comes down to the federal and provincial governments having different plans to preseve the species.

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