Commentary: Destructive Logging Cuts Birds' Survival


Around the country, people are celebrating the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker, an impressive bird that scientists had believed to be lost forever. The last confirmed sighting of the woodpecker was six decades ago, after widespread logging ravaged the bird's habitat in the southeastern United States.

The story of the ivory-billed woodpecker focuses new attention on decisions that we make today about managing forests. News of the bird's existence has broken just as birds across the continent are making their annual northward migration to the land where they nest and breed -- the Boreal Forest of Canada and Alaska. A new report highlights the importance of protecting this intact forest to ensure other species do not suffer the same fate as that of the resilient woodpecker.

Read full commentary on Seattle Post-Intelligencer's site -- Destructive Logging Cuts Birds' Survival.