Today’s letters: Tree-cutting in winter and its impact on animals
Ottawa Citizen

By Donna Dubreuil and others, Ottawa Citizen Letters to the Editor, February 6, 2017

In Kanata, the city is failing our wildlife

Re: Wildlife group, developer clash over city’s rules for tree-cutting, Jan. 31.

Ottawa Coun. David Chernushenko indicates that city experts have assured him that clear-cutting in winter does not contravene a protocol at city hall for the protection of wildlife during construction. He states “our own experts and the people who developed the protocol have assured me that there is nothing about doing it now in January that is worse than other times of year.”

The protocol states: “The timing of site clearing should be carefully considered, because the impacts to wildlife will be greater during sensitive times of the year. During the winter, overwintering and hibernating wildlife may be physically unable to escape from the site, or may freeze or starve to death if forced to leave their dens and food caches.”

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