The Pebble in the Pond Environmental Society out of Powell River, British Columbia has recently announced they will work to block logging by court action resulting from a study the group did assessing bird nest populations. According to Powell River’s Peak Online, a field ornithologist and wildlife technician specializing in birds from Vancouver Island named Guy Monty prepared a brief after spending April 30th in Lot 450 of Island Timberlake’s privately managed forest land. As it turns out, the company started harvesting trees for logging April 22nd.
Even Monty admitted in his report that the amount of time spent for the study was not adequate in order to locate the amount of nests that could cover the area. He was able to locate four active nests along with a nesting of four other species including two other nests near the lot’s boundaries. Monty’s report does, not surprisingly, call for delays of logging along with species-specific buffer zones and nest searches by properly trained wildlife technicians in case birds have to be moved.
Ultimately, this is another effort on the part of environmentalists not just to try to halt logging but also humans being able to benefit from nature. In this case a green group attempts to use court action with protected species being present as their reasons for doing so in a forest area owned, maintained and operated by a private company. I am unfamiliar with Canadian endangered species laws, but this is similar to what I have seen happen in the US. It is pretty heavy handed if endangered species laws in Canada can trump private property rights there like they do here.
Worst part about it is the Pebble Pond and Environmental Society is planning a protest of the logging knowing full well that Island Timberlake owns the timber rights. Their reason is to protect vital green space and ecosystems in the centre the city. In other words, they want to halt human progress that benefits from logging and consider the space of the forest more important than the needs of humans.