The southeast side of Darkwater Mountain, above Darkwater Lake, has an area of about 5 hectares of primary forest consisting of old-growth Douglas fir interspersed with a younger understory of mainly western hemlock or mountain hemlock. This area lies entirely within Woodlot 2032 (Younger Brothers). The forest stewardship plan for Woodlot 2032 indicates that “Harvesting will be avoided” in this area. On a visit, the project observed a blue-listed Wandering Salamander and a blue-listed Northern Red-Legged Frog.
The slope above Darkwater Lake (left side of photo) contains an area of primary forest
The largest tree in the grove is a Douglas fir that measured 14.6 feet in circumference at breast height
A blue-listed Wandering Salamander observed in the primary forest area