Towering Douglas-fir forests once dominated
a narrow strip of low-lying land
along the southeastern coast of Vancouver
Island, the Gulf Islands, and
parts of the Lower Mainland and Sunshine
Coast.Now only fragments of these unique
ecosystems remain in an old-growth state
and we are in danger of losing what is left.
Since 1848, logging has been a major
industry on Vancouver Island. The easily
accessible Douglas-fir forests were the
first to be cut.
Proximity to the
ocean (for transport)
logging these forests
in the days of
oxen and axes. At
about the same
time that logging
was also becoming
a major industry.
took advantage of the fertile lowland
soils and cleared the land of trees
so they could raise crops and livestock.
Flynn, Samantha. 1999. Coastal Douglas-fir Ecosystems. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Ecosystems At Risk brochure
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: species at risk, sara, douglas-fir, ecosystems
Scientific Name: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii
English Name: Coast Douglas-fir
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