BC Hydro’s decision to cut down trees which are the home to nesting bald eagles is ruffling a few feathers with some local First Nations.
“It’s something really that’s got my blood boiling that they’re going to cut down eagles’ nests.”
Treaty 8 member, Susan Auger says they are seeking an injunction to prevent BC Hydro from cutting down trees containing eagle’s nests around the area of the proposed Site C Dam.
“There’s approximately 28 eagles nests will be removed but they’re not really removed because they’re just going to cut the trees down.”
However, Dave Conway with the Site C project says not only are they aiming to take great care in removing the nests, they aren’t planning on disturbing actives nests and will install up to 38 artificial nesting platforms.
“We will avoid disturbing any active bald eagles nests. Active nests will be left untouched, and a no-clearing buffer will be implemented around the active nests.”
He adds BC Hydro will monitor bald eagle nests annually, with removal to begin at the start of September.
While legal challenges to the Site C dam are still pending, according to a letter from BC Hydro to the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, nest removal is slated for September 1st.