The largest contiguous, intact tract of temperate forest remaining on Vancouver Island is found in the iconic valleys of Clayoquot Sound
Clayoquot was the site of the biggest act of civil resistance in Canadian history. Over 900 people from all walks of life stood their ground throughout the summer of 1993, blockaded the logging roads and were arrested for their determination to protect these magnificent rainforest valleys.
What followed was several transfers of harvest licenses, designation of the region as a United Nations Biosphere Reserve, and a long-standing agreement between environmental groups and First Nations to forego industrial forest activities in the intact watersheds.
This unique and renowned region of pristine coastal temperate rainforest includes several critical valleys of ancient forest. But it remains threatened. In 2011, over 130 scientists, many at the top of their field, signed a letter to the B.C. government urging protection of the rainforests of Clayoquot, noting their importance to species conservation and the storage of carbon. Yet there is still no formal, government-sanctioned protection for two-thirds of the intact valleys of Clayoquot Sound and the future of these famous forests is uncertain.