BEECH’S CREEK FLOWS into Deepwater Bay. A dozen or more old-growth Douglas fir and Western red cedar trees on the slopes above the creek survived the first round of logging. TimberWest has been logging in this area since about 2010 and have left standing trees greater than 250 years of age, as a half-hearted response to the requirements of SMZ 19.
The company’s plans for the future include putting a road through Beech’s Creek Grove and continuing north along Quadra’s western shoreline to Deepwater Valley, joining up with an existing logging road. The area the proposed road would pass through contains primary forest.
The grove contains Douglas fir and Western red cedar. The cedar below is the largest with a circumference at breast height of 25.2 feet.
A visitor is likely to come across more than one Northern Red-legged Frog, which are now blue-listed in BC.
The biggest Douglas fir is estimated to have a circumference at breast height of about 24 feet.
A Western Red Cedar on the steep slope above Beech’s Creek.
There are a number of other areas in the Beech's Creek-Long Lake area that have remnant patches of old-forest and some groups of large firs and cedars. TimberWest has begun logging in this area and logging is occurring in between old Douglas fir vets, destroying their value for biodiversity conservation.
The map below shows where old trees and old forest has been either confirmed on the ground or identified by drone flights.