CLARINGTON -- Protests are rising over migratory birds, their nests and young being accidentally destroyed when the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority allowed logging during the spring nesting season.
“That’s just not acceptable, and it’s not necessary, that’s the most aggravating part,” said Clarington resident Jim Richards.
Approximately four per cent of the Ganaraska Forest -- 361 square miles -- is logged each year. Logging can let light into the forest floor, create new wildlife habitats and add to the biodiversity of the forest.
“It’s kind of impossible to plant a natural forest ... Most of what we’re doing in the forest is thinning the plantation (trees). Converting the plantation to a more natural forest,” said Bob Penwell, forester for the GRCA.
The problem with logging in the late spring and early summer is that migratory birds are mating, building nests, laying eggs and caring for young in those trees. Mr. Richards said in the Ganaraska Forest that breeding time is from April to the end of July.