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Christy Clark Grove
Here are some photos of the enormous ancient trees in the "Christy Clark Grove" in the Gordon River Valley, only a 45 minute drive from Port Renfrew within the traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation. This magnificent grove has been named after BC's current premier Christy Clark (2012) with the expectations that she won't let a magnificent heritage grove named after herself get logged and that she will undertake a new provincial plan to protect endangered old-growth forests across BC. The Grove includes about 1000 hectares of intact ancient forest, none of which are included in legislated protected areas. About 60% or more of the grove is open for logging, while about 40% is in tenuous forest reserves which currently prohibit logging (ie. within Old-Growth Management Areas and an Ungulate Winter Range, which are regulatory protections that can be changed by the BC Cabinet without a vote in the Legislative Assembly). In addition, all of the Grove is included within a 2100 hectare Wildlife Habitat Area, which still legally allows clearcut logging in almost 90% of the designation itself. In particular the Lower Grove has some high concentrations of giant Douglas-firs and western redcedars. In 2010 and 2012 some of the very largest trees in Canada - some 13 to 16 feet in diameter - were logged within this Wildlife Habitat Area. The Grove includes the "Gnarly Clark", a massive redcedar with some giant burls, "General Clark", a huge, straight redcedar, and the "Clark Giant", a near record-size Douglas-fir that, at over 31 feet in circumference, makes it the 8th widest known Douglas-fir in BC! The Clark Giant is currently in a forest reserve that - for now - is off-limits to logging, but stands close to an area that could be clearcut, exposing the tree to potentially being blown down in the fierce winter winds. On Vancouver Island, 90% of the valley bottom ancient forest have already been logged.

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The General Clark
 
 
Giant Redcedar StumpBefore and After - Giant Redcedar
 
     

 

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