Vancouver Island’s Coastal Temperate Rainforests

The towering rainforests of Vancouver Island extend south of the Great Bear Rainforest, but their future remains uncertain. These forests are examples of the extremely rare temperate rainforest that covers less than 1% of the earth’s surface.

Sadly, only one large intact temperate rainforest remains on the Island, the iconic Clayoquot Sound.

It is the site of the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history, several transfers of harvest licenses, and a 12-year agreement between environmentalists and First Nations.

Photo by Andrew Wright
Photo by Andrew Wright

This unique region of pristine coastal forest includes several critical valleys of old growth. But it remains threatened. The very future of this famous rainforest is uncertain.

Vancouver Island has already lost more than three-quarters of its productive ancient forests to logging. Only 10% of the remaining high-productivity forests are in protected and Old Growth Management areas.

These remaining pockets of old growth forest contain important species habitat, and play a critical role in stabilizing the earth’s climate through carbon storage.

That is why we are working on long-term solutions to ensure the protection of these endangered forest landscapes.

To learn more about Canopy’s work in coastal temperate rainforests go here.