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Photo Gallery: Cameron Valley Ancient Forest with the Vancouver Sun
Ancient Forest Alliance, June 22, 2016AFA's Ken Wu (blue), Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance's Mike Stini and Jane Morden (green, red) and Vancouver Sun's Stephen Hume (yellow) with the largest Douglas-fir tree in the Cameron Valley Ancient Forest.
Last week Vancouver Sun's columnist Stephen Hume came with us to see the endangered Cameron Valley Ancient Forest (ie. "Firebreak"), a truly spectacular lowland stand of densely-packed, monumental old-growth Douglas-firs akin to a "second Cathedral Grove". This grove stands out as among the finest remaining old-growth Douglas-firs anywhere left on the planet and is of international conservation significance. You can read the resulting news article here: http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/stephen-hume-axing-old-growth-a-crime-against-nature
On our visit we also passed nearby second-growth clearcuts where one can see just how soon many of these trees are logged again. When you log an ancient forest, it doesn't come back. We also checked out a cougar den which is thought to be abandoned after Island Timberlands clearcut to within a few meters of the entranceway. And finally, we toured the world-famous Cathedral Grove as Island Timberlands has plans to log Mt Horne, the old-growth on the hillside above the park. The Ancient Forest Alliance and Port Alberni Watershed-Forest Alliance are continuing to push to save these and many other endangered areas nearby. [o] Photos by TJ Watt.
See the photo album at: https://www.facebook.com/ancientforestalliance/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1061910110570242