What Can You Do To Help Protect Spotted Owls?

I received this email from the Wilderness Committee to share:

Hi Eldy,

This past week, the public got wind that the BC government had approved a controversial strategy aimed at protecting the critically endangered Northern spotted owl. The strategy involves relocating and in some cases killing barred owls—a different, larger owl species that has been encroaching on the spotted owl’s dwindling old-growth habitat.

An FOI filed by the Wilderness Committee uncovered internal government emails from 2011 referencing the killing of barred owls as a recovery tool for spotted owls. Over the past five years, provincial ministries have relocated 73 barred owls and authorized the shooting of 39 of these birds. Click here to read a recent news article about the controversy.

This is a desperate measure, and it goes without saying that culling one species to protect another is never something we’re happy about. The situation should have never gotten to this point, but decades of industrial logging and the destruction of the spotted owl’s old-growth forest habitat has brought the species to the brink of extinction. It is estimated that less than a dozen birds are left in the wild in southwestern BC—the only place they are found in Canada. However, the province continues to allow logging in key spotted owl habitat, even though scientists agree that habitat loss is the single greatest threat to the spotted owl .

You can take action by writing a letter to decision-makers at the provincial level, urging them to end logging in spotted owl forest habitat and asking that the province recruit additional habitat to recover the owl to 250 birds. This would also be a great time to remind our provincial leaders that British Columbia is in desperate need of its own stand-alone endangered species legislation, to ensure the protection of the 1,900 species at risk in this province that are currently unprotected by the hodge-podge of weak regulations that currently exist.

Click here to use the letter-writing tool on our website to send a letter to Premier Christy Clark, along with BC’s Minister of Environment Terry Lake, and Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson.

We need to do everything we can to protect the few spotted owls left in BC—and that means protecting enough old-growth forest habitat to recover the spotted owl before resorting to culling other species.

Time is running out for the spotted owl, so write your letter today!

Cheers,

Gwen Barlee | Policy Director
Wilderness Committee

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Please help protect the critically endangered spotted owl by writing to provincial decisionmakers in BC—urge the provincial government to end logging in the owl’s old-growth forest habitat, and let them know how important it is that British Columbia enact a provincial endangered species law!

Recently the public got wind that the BC government had approved a controversial strategy aimed at protecting the critically endangered Northern spotted owl. The strategy involves relocating and in some cases killing barred owls—a different, larger owl species that has been encroaching on the spotted owl’s dwindling old-growth habitat.

An FOI filed by the Wilderness Committee uncovered internal government emails from 2011 referencing the killing of barred owls as a recovery tool for spotted owls. Over the past five years, provincial ministries have relocated 73 barred owls and authorized the shooting of 39 of these birds. Click here to read a recent news article about the controversy.

This is a desperate measure, and it goes without saying that culling one species to protect another is never something we’re happy about. The situation should have never gotten to this point, but decades of industrial logging and the destruction of the spotted owl’s old-growth forest habitat has brought the species to the brink of extinction. It is estimated that less than a dozen birds are left in the wild in southwestern BC—the only place they are found in Canada. However, the province continues to allow logging in key spotted owl habitat, even though scientists agree that habitat loss is the single greatest threat to the spotted owl .

You can take action by writing a letter to Premier Christy Clark and BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson, urging them to end logging in spotted owl habitat for good, and asking that the province recruit additional habitat to recover the owl to 250 birds.

This would also be a great time to remind our provincial leaders that British Columbia is in desperate need of its own stand-alone endangered species legislation, to ensure the protection of the 1,900 species at risk in this province that are currently unprotected by the hodge-podge of weak regulations that currently exist.

Write your letter now!

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Write Wild – Protect Spotted Owls

Submitted by sven on Thu, 06/30/2011 – 18:11

Please use the tool below to write a letter to Premier Christy Clark, along with BC’s Minister of Environment Terry Lake and Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson, urging the province to end logging in the spotted owl’s old-growth forest habitat. A copy of your letter will also be sent to the provincial Leader of the Opposition, Adrian Dix, as well as the Opposition’s environment critic Rob Fleming and forestry critic Norm Macdonald.

In addition, please ask the BC government to help protect the spotted owl—and many other species at risk—by implementing provincial endangered species legislation. There are currently 1,900 species at risk in British Columbia, and their future depends on the added protection of stand-alone provincial endangered species law.

This is the letter that I sent through the Wilderness Committee letter-writing page:

BC Premier Christy Clark

Box 9041, Station PROV GOVT

Victoria, BC  V8W 9E1

CC:

Hon. Terry Lake, BC Minister of Environment

Hon. Steve Thomson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Adrian Dix, BC Leader of the Opposition

Rob Fleming, BC Opposition Critic for Environment

Norm Macdonald, BC Opposition Critic for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

RE: Please Protect BC’s Spotted Owls!

Protecting BC’s Spotted Owls is an important environmental issue that warrants your most sensible and careful consideration.  Here are a few points to consider:

•The spotted owl is one of the most endangered species in Canada. There are now thought to be less than a dozen spotted owls remaining in the wild in Canada. Spotted owls are also considered to be an important indicator species, meaning that the health of the spotted owl reflects the health of the old-growth ecosystem in which it lives.

•Logging of the spotted owl’s forest habitat is the main reason that this species is endangered.

•Both the federal and provincial governments have committed to setting aside enough forest habitat from logging to ensure the spotted owl returns to a healthy population — that means about 250 owls in the wild. Unfortunately, logging is still occurring in prime spotted owl habitat.

•BC is one of the last jurisdictions in North America without an endangered species law. If we had species legislation that was based on sound science and protecting the habitat of endangered species, we would never allow the logging of the habitat of a species like the spotted owl.

•To protect the few remaining owls and help the species to recover, all intact spotted owl forest habitat—both occupied and unoccupied—must be protected from logging.

•Fragmented spotted owl forest habitat should also be recovered so that the species may recover to a population of at least 250 birds

Thank you for taking the time to examine the importance of this much needed action.  We need to protect the old growth forest which are their natural habitat.  Culling the barred owl is not the answer…setting aside enough forest habitat from logging to ensure the spotted owl returns to a healthy population is.

Respectfully,

Today’s “stone” is Day 37  slick pathway, crunchy surfaced snow banks, a changing season

 

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