Bald Eagles
Pacific Region


Timber Harvest and Forestry Operations

Eagle Roosts and Foraging Areas

Wintering and foraging eagles congregate at specific sites year-after-year for purposes of feeding and sheltering. Loss of communal roost and foraging areas can harm eagles. In addition, human activities near or within communal roost and foraging areas may, while not physically altering the habitat, prevent eagles from feeding or taking shelter, which can reduce their biological fitness.  Both physically altering the habitat and disturbing eagles through human activity may result in take, which is against the law.

To protect communal winter roosts we recommend the following:

  • Do NOT harvest within core communal roosts, which are defined as areas used year after year where eagles gather and perch overnight; they provide necessary components for survival.
  • Do NOT remove overstory within 330 feet of communal roost areas at any time, year round in order to maintain roost functionality and avoid wind throw.
  • Do NOT harvest between 330 feet and 660 feet of communal roost sites during roosting season, between November 15 and March 15.  Outside roosting season, only thin or partially harvest if necessary. Please contact us if you are thinning, partially harvesting or clear-cutting between 330 feet and 660 feet of a communal roost.

To protect important foraging roosts we recommend the following:

  • Do NOT harvest within foraging roost areas, which are defined as the habitat used for roosting near foraging areas that provide necessary components for survival.
  • Do NOT remove overstory trees within 330 feet of foraging roosts at any time, year round, to avoid disturbance and windthrow.
  • Do NOT harvest within 660 feet of foraging roosts during important foraging times (e.g., during salmon spawning/migrations or times when foraging is occurring).

Timber Self Certification Form - Keep this form  for your records to demonstrate your compliance with the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Additional federal, state, local, or tribal authorization may be required depending on your activity and location.

If you can't meet these recommendations, please contact your Local Fish and Wildlife Office.



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Last updated: April 9, 2012

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