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Hazardous tree with eagle nest to be cut down in Chilliwack

This tree on Crown land in Chilliwack with an eagle nest is to be removed and the nest will be rebuilt in a nearby tree. - Paul J. Henderson
This tree on Crown land in Chilliwack with an eagle nest is to be removed and the nest will be rebuilt in a nearby tree.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

A large Cottonwood tree in Chilliwack that contains an eagle nest will be cut down in the coming weeks.

The tree is on Crown land just west of the Sportsman Inn on Yale Road near Little Mountain, and is "old, deteriorating and unstable," according to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations.

Branches from the "hazardous" tree and the nest itself are directly above the pedestrian walkway along Yale Road. In a press release issued Friday, the ministry said it poses a risk to people walking by and to vehicles on Yale.

Ministry spokesperson Greig Bethel said staff will create a new nest structure in a nearby tree to compensate for the loss of the existing eagle nest.

The work will take place some time in September depending on weather and staff availability. That time has been chose to ensure no eagles are nesting.

Both the City of Chilliwack and the local branch of the BC Wildlife Federation have endorsed the project, according to the ministry.

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