The West Kootenays are located in the inland temperate rainforest, a globally rare forest type that is home to old growth stands of cedar, hemlock, pine and fir. Old growth forests capture carbon and keep it in the ground. This is an important part of avoiding the worst part of the climate crisis.

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Protecting Old Growth Forests

The inland temperate rainforest is an ecosystem found only in the southeastern corner of BC. It is home to important listed plant and animal species at risk such as old growth cedar, mountain caribou, grizzly bears, big horned sheep, mountain goat, fisher and sturgeon.

Old growth forests support people, communities, jobs, plants and animals in many diverse ways.

BC’s current forest policy is insufficient to maintain healthy ecosystems and is particularly lacking in the face of climate change and the need to manage for ecosystem resilience. We need a moratorium on logging old growth forests now!

Some of the best remaining pockets of old forest are not protected and are being logged.

You can help by signing our petition and by letting your MLA know that the BC government needs to do more to protect old growth forests. You can also help by supporting EcoSociety’s efforts through volunteering or donating.

EcoSociety’s conservation committee is a volunteer group of forest, ecosystem and land use specialists who provide technical advice to our conservation efforts. Their expertise and support are invaluable to helping us make informed and knowledgeable decisions. We thank them for their ongoing commitment!

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Have you stood beneath a tree that is more than 800 years old?

There are many hiking, walking and biking trails in the West Kootenays that take you through old growth forests of cedar, hemlock, pine and fir.

We’re planning some guided walks later this year. Sign up as a member to learn more about dates and locations.

You can also head out on your own to experience these incredible old growth forests on these trails:

There’s nothing like experiencing an old growth forest first-hand to help us understand their importance and what is at stake if they are not protected. Know of other trails that have old growth? Please let us know!

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