Vancouver Island’s Last Old-Growth Rainforests

Vancouver Island, located at the westernmost part of Canada in British Columbia, is home to some of the most spectacular temperate rainforests and awe-inspiring ecosystems. The towering coastal temperate rainforests of Vancouver Island are globally rare, covering less than 1% of the earth’s surface. Sadly, their future remains uncertain.

More than three-quarters of the productive ancient rainforest on Vancouver Island has already been logged. The forests that remain house dozens of threatened and endangered species such as the threatened Marbled Murrelet and Northern Pygmy Owl. These rich habitats are also home to other species such as bears, cougars and wolves. In addition, these magnificent forests help to mitigate climate change, storing more atmospheric carbon per hectare than almost any other forest on earth.

Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island is world-renowned Clayoquot Sound, the largest intact rainforest remaining on the Island. Clayoquot Sound was the site of the largest peaceful logging blockade in Canadian history and has become iconic for its beauty and ecological richness. Regardless, the fate of Clayoquot Sound’s remaining unprotected rainforest areas remains unresolved.

Another area of significance is the central Walbran Valley, where magnificent stands of western red cedar, some more than a thousand years old stand. Sadly, this remarkable forest has been flagged for logging and its future is teetering on the edge.

Canopy is working with our brand partners and allies to foster long-term solutions to ensure conservation of these last remaining stands of Vancouver Island’s ancient forests that ensures both ecological and community wellbeing.

 

Photo by Andrew Wright
Photo by Andrew Wright

 

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