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  • Darkwater Mountain (south) area of primary forest

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    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




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  • The map below is TimberWests account of forest by age class on Quadra Island. It doesnt indicate all of the old forest that has been confirmed by the Discovery Islands Forest Conservation Project, but most of the areas shown in brown are areas of old forest (>250 years).

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