Campaign Publications: Spotted Owl

04/15/2010 (All day)

Two-thirds of BC’s land base – 60 million hectares – is covered in trees. Only about 22 million hectares of this vast forest was ever suitable for logging, and much of this has already been logged. These logged forests once harboured the biggest trees and the best wild life habitat in BC. Now big stumps mark where the great giants once stood tall.

Plantations, where second-growth trees were planted after the original wild forest was logged are now growing throughout much of BC and some areas are being logged for the second time.

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09/29/2008 (All day)

The spotted owl is one of British Columbia’s most endangered species and its population is dwindling as logging continues in the coastal old growth forests upon which it depends for survival. Many other species depend on this habitat, some of which are endangered as well, and old growth forests provide a host of other benefits to humans. The two major land use options at issue are logging or protection of these old growth habitats. Protection of old growth forest carries an opportunity cost in terms of the foregone surplus (producer surplus or economic rent) from timber harvesting. However, the harvesting of old growth timber carries an opportunity cost in terms of other foregone values, such as certain recreation opportunities, stored carbon and ecosystem services (e.g. watershed protection).

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08/14/2008 (All day)

This short document provides some context to, and the major findings of, an important study conducted by researchers at Simon Fraser University. The study assesses the economic value of old-growth forests inhabited by the endangered spotted owl. It looks not just at the value of the timber or trees on such lands, but at the recreational value of those forests, the value of their “non-timber” forest products, and the value such forests have as storehouses of carbon.

01/14/2006 (All day)

This 2006 paper is designed specifically for Grade 4-7 students, but is a good read for anyone. It highlights three animals that depend upon intact old-growth rainforests in BC: the marbled murrelet (an elusive seabird), the mountain caribou, and the spotted owl. You will learn interesting facts about the biology of these three animals, and will be encouraged to do further research on what you can do to help protect endangered species. Original artwork by Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas...Read this educational report

11/30/2005 (All day)

In 2004, during an icy-cold winter, a single government biologist repeatedly hiked out into the old growth forests near Lillooet, British Columbia. The reason for his solitary journeys was to feed two juvenile northern spotted owls so they would not starve to death over the lean winter months. The need to augment the diets of the young owls was beyond compassion – it was critical to the continued survival of the species in Canada.

05/31/2004 (All day)

The Northern Spotted Owl has been designated "endangered" in Canada since 1986 by the "Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada" (COSEWIC). The owl is on BC's most endangered list, the "red List" with a ranking of "S1" meaning it is critically imperiled. In the US the owl has been listed as threatened since 1990. This report covers all the details regarding the status of the owl with biological factors, habitat requirements, threats to the owl and an intensive strategy to bring the owl back from being almost extinct.

09/30/2002 (All day)

For over 20 years the Wilderness Committee has worked to protect the habitat of critically endangered species like Canada's Northern spotted owl. Due to ongoing logging in the ancient forests of southwestern British Columbia, the only place in Canada the spotted owl lives, scientists estimate that less than 25 pairs of owls remain. How did the spotted owl reach this stage of crisis in Canada - order the ground-breaking report "Logging to Extinction" to find out more.

05/15/1996 (All day)
This is a 1996 Wilderness Committee education report about Canada's endangered population of Northern spotted owls. It is estimated that there are only about 3,600 pairs of Northern spotted owls left in the world. They live in the oldgrowth forests along the west coast of North America, from California to southwestern B.C. In the U.S.A., where the spotted owl is listed as endangered and an "indicator species" for the overall health of the forest ecosystem, lengthy lawsuits and bitter public campaigns have ensued over how much spotted owl habitat to protect.

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