This document presents some of the key findings of a detailed economic study of forests inhabited by the endangered spotted owl. The study, led by Duncan Knowler, an associate professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Resource and Environmental Management, looks at the economics of protecting old-growth forests inhabited or known to have been home to the spotted owl, one of the most endangered forest-dwelling bird species on the North American continent.
Spotted owls are endangered because they require old-growth forests for their habitat, and old-growth forests have become increasingly rare due to logging and human settlement. In Canada, the owl species is found only in British Columbia and only then in a small area in the southwest corner of the province.
The full study, The Economics of Protecting Old Growth Forest: An Analysis of Spotted Owl Habitat in the Fraser Timber Supply Area of BC, is also available.