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The Forests of British Columbia

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There must be thousands of trees for every person in British Columbia and there is no way of getting even a rough count. The evergreen forests are vast, covering some 150 million acres, and some of the trees are more than 2,000 years old. Most of the forests in accessible areas have been logged at least twice in the past 150 years while many of the 'old growth' original forests are now protected as Provincial or National Parks. This forest is in the foothills of Mount Robson in Wells Gray Provincial Park...


The trees in the temperate rainforests along the Pacific Coast are often covered in decorative moss...


There are trees everywhere so it's not surprising that timber products are a major export. This lumber is on the docks awaiting shipment...


The felled trees are still dragged to the sawmills in floating booms sometimes a mile long, but many are now taken by truck. There was a time when rivers like these were the only highways in British Columbia and felled trees were thrown into the rivers and collected downstream...


Giant logjams would often block the rivers as the logs piled up and one of the most dangerous forestry jobs was to untangle the logs and risk being swept over the falls...



The early settlers of this land still make a living from their decorative wood carvings and from making traditional totem poles...


The forests of Western Canada together with the mountains form some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world...


Posted by Hawkson 14:28 Archived in Canada

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