Write Wild - Protect Spotted Owls

Please use the tool below to write a letter to BC's Premier, along with the BC Minister of Environment and Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, urging the province to end logging in the spotted owl’s old-growth forest habitat.

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.

 

WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR PERSONALIZED COMMENT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME AND CITY OF RESIDENCE

Some 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.

 

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