How old are the old growth trees on Vancouver Island?

Most of B.C.’s coastal forests are considered to be old growth if they contain trees that are more than 250 years old.

What percentage of old growth is left on Vancouver Island?

As protests continue on Vancouver Island over old-growth logging, and a new advisory committee wrangles over the question of just how much old growth is left and how much should be off-limits to logging, one number persistently pops up: 3%. That’s how much old growth trees are left in B.C., environmentalists say.

Where are old growth forests on Vancouver Island?

Located in MacMillan Provincial Park, Cathedral Grove is Vancouver Island’s most visited old growth forest. It’s a convenient place to see lots of big trees very quickly. Some of the giant Douglas Fir trees in Cathedral Grove are 800 years old.

What is the oldest tree on Vancouver Island?

On it the big tree hunter will find a Vancouver Island Yellow-cedar that was dated at 1636 years old. It also includes a Douglas-fir on Vancouver Island that dated at 1350 years old.

Why is Fairy Creek logged?

WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING? Protesters set up their first camp last August, after an environmentalist using satellite imagery spotted a new logging road being built near the headwaters of Fairy Creek. Since then other blockades have been set up in the area to protect stands of old-growth trees.

Why is old-growth logging bad?

Old-growth forests have more “woody debris”: fallen and standing dead trees, which provide food, shelter, and moisture for much biodiversity. Second-growth forests have less and smaller woody debris.

Where are the giant trees on Vancouver Island?

Here are 10 places on Vancouver Island to find big trees.

  • Cathedral Grove.
  • Royal Roads Forest.
  • Big Lonely Doug.
  • Avatar Grove.
  • Beacon Hill Park Totem Pole.
  • Rathtrevor Provincial Park.
  • The Cheewhat Giant.
  • The San Juan Spruce.

What is the biggest tree on Vancouver Island?

Tallest tree in Canada: a Sitka Spruce, about 96 metres high and roughly 600 years old, located in the Carmanah Valley on Vancouver Island.

Why is it called Cathedral Grove?

The name “Cathedral Grove” is reputed to have originated from the Governor General of Canada, the Viscount Willingdon, in 1928, and appeared in correspondence to the provincial government in the 1920s. Cathedral Grove was a well-known tourist stop in the 1920s and 1930s, long before its protection.

Is Fairy Creek the last old-growth?

The unprotected and at-risk old-growth headwaters of the Fairy Creek Valley near Port Renfrew. This valley is the last unlogged, intact valley outside of a park on southern Vancouver Island.

How do you stop old growth logging in BC?

  1. Stop using misleading numbers and terms for how much old-growth is protected and come clean with the public about the state of our ancient forests.
  2. Release a public implementation and work plan for when government will meet each of the Old-Growth Strategic Review Panel’s recommendations.