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Death of a Forest
Clearcut logging from 2019-2021 of ancient coastal temperate rainforest near the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. A large and remote clearcut of what is a rapidly diminishing ancient coastal temperate rainforest containing trees ranging ranging anywhere from 300 to 500 years old and up to 15' in diameter . With the valley bottoms of these valuable and rare old growth forests now mostly all clearcut, logging companies are now focusing on the most remote, high elevation and steep slope forests as they are virtually all that is now left of these forests. With the memory of COP26 still fresh in our memory, there is much discussion of the immediate need to protect our forests and the critical role they play in sequestering carbon and stabilizing the climate. With the oldest of these massive trees having accumulated carbon for up to 1000 years their destruction is also a huge threat to our attempts to control climate change.