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Campbell River looks to protect eagle nests

Mar 10 2012

Campbell River Mayor Walter Jakeway is promising better city protection of eagle nest trees, after the illegal felling of one last month demonstrated the city's lack of enforcement.

The city has registered its eagle nest trees and placed development permit requirements around them. But city officials admitted this week that there are no fines or penalties in place for violations of development permit provisions. The city also lacks a tree-retention bylaw.

Residents were outraged when a registered wildlife tree was felled Feb. 27.

Jakeway said city staff are investigating how to better protect wildlife trees.

"I can only imagine what I would put in for penalties because they would be extreme," he said. "I would be at $1,000 per growth ring if I was doing it my way." -- Campbell River Courier-Islander

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