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Group names old-growth grove after Christy Clark

Ancient Forest Alliance said one of the giant trees is recorded as Canada’s eighth largest Douglas fir, and named it the “Clark Giant” on Sunday’s Earth Day.

24 Hrs Vancouver - Michael Mui, April 21, 2012

Group names old-growth grove after Christy Clark
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The "Gnarly Clark", as named by the Ancient Forest Alliance.

An endangered forests advocacy group has named an old growth grove after Premier Christy Clark in a move to protect the greenery.

Ancient Forest Alliance said one of the giant trees is recorded as Canada’s eighth largest Douglas fir, and named it the “Clark Giant” on Sunday’s Earth Day.

The “Christy Clark Grove” is located on unprotected Crown land on Vancouver Island in the Gordon River Valley. According to the organization — which is asking the province to create an ‘old-growth strategy’ for B.C. — the ‘Giant’ measures in at three metres in diameter. A second tree, a red cedar nicknamed the ‘Gnarly Clark,’ measures in at four metres wide.

“We’re still waiting on the B.C. government to show some leadership to create a conservation legacy in B.C. for our endangered old-growth forests, and to end raw log exports,” said campaigner Ken Wu.

“We want to give credit for good things. But we’re also prepping for a potential major battle in the lead-up to the B.C. elections where there will be no prisoners taken if need be.”

Clark’s office did not return calls by press time.

Read more:   http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/local/2012/04/22/19665346.html


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