B.C. owls and bears threatened by logging

Black bears and owls in B.C. are under threat from logging plans that could damage their habitats. The plans, which affect forests on the Sunshine Coast and in the Fraser Canyon, have alarmed wildlife conservation groups, raised public concerns and attracted media attention.

Spotted owl habitat under threat

The online magazine The Narwhal reports that the provincial government has approved clearcut logging in the Fraser Canyon, which is a habitat for highly endangered northern spotted owls.

Citing maps produced by the Wilderness Committee, the Narwhal report states that the B.C. government has “issued more than 300 logging approvals — totaling almost 2,000 hectares — in the spotted owl’s range from October 2018 to May 2020…” The spotted owl has been listed as endangered under the federal Species at Risk Act since 2003.

Black bear dens would be destroyed

The Narwhal also reported that a plan by B.C. Timber Sales (the B.C. government agency that regulates logging on public land) to allow logging in the Dakota Ridge area of the Sunshine Coast could destroy black bear dens that are concentrated on the ridge. A study cited by the magazine concluded that logging in the area would destroy up to 28 dens in two cut blocks (areas authorized for logging).

The forest on Dakota Ridge has some of the oldest trees in Canada, which provide ideal dens for black bears when they rot out at the base. The area also provides the bears with plentiful blueberries and fresh water.

How you can help

Want to do more?

Sign a petition to urge the B.C. government to protect the black bears on the Sunshine Coast.

Send an email to the federal government asking them to hold B.C. accountable for protecting species at risk like spotted owls.