This week we bring you the stories of two communities who are battling to save their forests. Logging began this past week in habitat crucial for the survival of Canada’s endangered spotted owl near Chilliwack, British Columbia. We talk to a representative from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee about this issue. Construction of a large highway is currently planned through an area with 300 year old trees near Wakefield, Québec. Our correspondent caught up with protestors while on the road in Québec.
Logging began this past week in spotted owl habitat located near Chilliwack, British Columbia. Spotted Owls are one of Canada’s most critically endangered species and logging is taking place in an area the BC government had previously set aside for the protection of the spotted owl. To delve deeper into this issue Terra Informa correspondent Myles Curry spoke with Gwen Barlee of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee.
Another battle over logging is taking place near the small town of Wakefield Québec, which is about an hour from Ottawa. For years, residents have been fighting the proposed construction of a new four lane highway which will result in the destruction of 300 year old trees. Locals also worry the construction may affect the town’s water supply. For more on the story, Steve Andersen catches up with protestors while on the road in Wakefield Québec.
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