Conservationists want protection on old-growth forest
Conservationists in British Columbia are pushing for protections on an area of oldgrowth forests they describe as “Canada’s most magnificent.”
The grove is located on Crown land in the San Juan River Valley near Port Renfrew on southern Vancouver Island in the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation band.
The 13-hectare grove of immense old-growth Sitka spruce and big-leaf maples draped in hanging mosses and ferns was first located in October and explored again in late December, said Ken Wu, executive director of the Endangered Ecosystems Alliance.
“It is probably the most spectacular and beautiful oldgrowth forest I’ve ever seen and I’ve explored a lot of old-growth forests,” Wu said. “(The trees) look shaggy because they’ve got all this hanging mosses and ferns on their branches. So they look like ancient prehistoric creatures.”
Most of the grove is unprotected, with a small portion — about four hectares — offlimits to loggers through the provincial government’s oldgrowth management area, he said.