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  • Areas of primary forest in Woodlot 2032


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    There are significant areas of primary forest, including old-growth Douglas fir and cedar, on Woodlot 2032, which is on the west side of Quadra Island. Part of the Darkwater Mountain Grove is in this woodlot. The tenure holder's mapping of old growth and reserves is shown above. Drone flights and visits on foot to some of these areas confirm the general outlines in the map. For the most part, the tenure holder is planning on leaving old forest, which is certainly a requirement under Special Management Zone 19 provisions of the Vancouver land Land Use Plan.

    Some of the old forest in Woodlot 2032 contains large Douglas fir and cedar.

    Given the scarcity of old forest on Quadra in general, and the need to increase that, the planned partial modification of one of the larger areas of apparently intact old forest on WL 2032 is cause for concern. That area is shown in the image below.

     

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    As well, a significant area of the slope below WL 2032's main road appears to have areas of intact old forest. The steepness of this slope makes it probable that it was only selectively logged perviously. This area was not affected by the 1925 forest fire, but a forest fire in 1957 affected parts.

     

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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).

  •   Return to the Discovery Islands primary forest survey page  

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