In Canada, the endangered northern spotted owl is found only in the southwestern corner of British Columbia. This handsome medium sized owl, with its unusual dark-brown eyes, relies on old-growth forests to roost, nest and forage.
Due to ongoing logging of the old-growth forests of southwestern British Columbia scientists estimate that less than a dozen owls now remain in the wild in Canada. The historic population of spotted owls in Canada is estimated to have been 500 pairs.
Because of the declining numbers of the northern spotted owls, the Wilderness Committee is asking for:
- The recovery of spotted owls to 250 birds as recommended by the Spotted Owl Recovery Team.
- The protection of all occupied and unoccupied intact spotted owl forest habitat.
- The recovery of fragmented spotted owl forest habitat.
- A total of enough protected forest habitat to accommodate 250 spotted owls.
Google Map of Proposed Logging in Chilliwack Lake Spotted Owl Habitat Area
Below, the red areas are Tamihi Logging Ltd. most contentious three approved cutblocks at Post Creek that are being cut right now inside a Spotted Owl Wildlife Habitat Area, while the light green shaded areas show the extent of the Chilliwack Lake/Depot Creek Spotted Owl Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA) adjacent to Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. The orange areas are other cutblocks that have been approved at Ford Mountain inside the WHA, while the yellow areas are cutblocks proposed, but not yet approved by Tamihi inside the WHA. If you click on the cutblocks, The first number you will see is the cutblock id number and the second number is the amount of area in hectares of each cutblock.
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