Last chance to speak up for spotted owl recovery

Last chance to speak up for spotted owl recovery r1 ...

Tell the feds to protect ALL
critical habitat for the spotted owl

Hi Paov,

The clock is winding down to have your say on the spotted owl critical habitat maps.

The newly released amended draft spotted owl recovery strategy doesn’t actually identify the owls’ critical habitat — no animal can survive if they don’t have a home. That’s because, after talks with the BC government, the federal government mysteriously cancelled their original plans to protect large areas of this habitat, making it easier to cut down old-growth forests.

We only have until next week to give these last few spotted owls in Canada a fighting chance.


The governments of BC and Canada have sat on their hands for more than 15 years while spotted owls have dwindled until now there’s just one wild spotted left. Their old-growth habitat has been systematically mowed down and scrapped off the earth by the logging industry, causing their populations to plummet.

A local breeding program released a few spotted owls last fall, and there is hope future releases may bring the spotted owl numbers back. However, while these owls are struggling to survive, the BC government continues to allow logging companies to decimate their old-growth forest home, critical to their survival and recovery.

In 2021, the government released draft critical habitat maps based on the science of what owls need to survive. But this new draft released in January has been completely gutted. Almost half of the previously mapped core critical habitat disappeared during negotiations with the BC government.
Our message to the government is simple — use the best available science to identify all the habitat the spotted owls need. Tell them the new proposed maps break their habitat into fragments and are not enough to ensure their survival and recovery. WRITE MY LETTER NOW Under the federal Species at Risk Act, recovery strategies and habitat maps must be science-based and use the best available information and data. These do not.

We have until March 27 to tell them no. This isn’t good enough for the spotted owl or any of the species sharing their ancient forest home.

For the wild,
Charlotte Dawe
Conservation and Policy Campaigner Campaigner
Wilderness Committee
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