Nahmint Valley
Partially Deferred

Home to monumental and centuries old trees, a variety of wildlife including old-growth dependent species (such as the marbled murrelet), and supporting significant salmon and steelhead spawning runs, the Nahmint Valley is one of the largest tracts of remaining old-growth forests on Vancouver Island outside of Clayoquot Sound. A popular destination for hikers, campers, and anglers, and hosting remarkable ancient forests, lakes, rugged peaks, swimming holes, and gorgeous turquoise canyons, the area is considered by many to be one of the most scenic places in BC.

McKelvie Valley
Now Deferred

The McKelvie Valley is the last intact watershed in the Tahsis region and is home to rare, ancient Douglas-fir stands, provides high quality habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet, ensures clean water for the town of Tahsis, and is an important spawning ground for wild salmon.

Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forest
At Risk

Home to monumental and centuries old trees, a variety of wildlife including old-growth dependent species (such as the marbled murrelet), and supporting significant salmon and steelhead spawning runs, the Nahmint Valley is one of the largest tracts of remaining old-growth forests on Vancouver Island outside of Clayoquot Sound. A popular destination for hikers, campers, and anglers, and hosting remarkable ancient forests, lakes, rugged peaks, swimming holes, and gorgeous turquoise canyons, the area is considered by many to be one of the most scenic places in BC.

Katlum Creek near Comox Lake and Port Alberni.

Katlum Creek
Now Deferred

Katlum Creek is home to endangered ancient Douglas-fir stands, as well as old-growth hemlock, amabilis fir, and cedars.

Cameron Firebreak
Now Deferred

Just a half hour drive from Cathedral Grove is an ancient forest that is just about as impressive – the Cameron Valley Ancient Forest or “Firebreak.” This area is a valley-bottom-to-mountain-top old-growth Douglas-fir forest that was originally left as a moist, old-growth rainforest firebreak to stifle the spread of forest fires raging through the dry clearcuts.

McLaughlin Ridge
Now Deferred

Conservationists are calling on the BC government to purchase and protect a 500-hectare tract of ancient Douglas-fir forest near Port Alberni that biologists have classified as both critical habitats for wintering deer and nesting endangered Queen Charlotte goshawks.

Mossy Maple Rainforest
Now Deferred

The unprotected “Mossy Maple Grove” is a several kilometer long stretch of enormous old-growth Bigleaf maple trees – some as much as 2 meters (7 feet) wide in trunk diameter – completely draped in hanging gardens of mosses and ferns found along a creek just south of Cowichan Lake on Vancouver Island.

Mt. Horne near Cathedral Grove and Port Alberni

Mount Horne
Now Deferred

Canada’s most famous old-growth forest, Cathedral Grove, has been visited by millions of people around the world. Sadly, due to inaction by the BC government, the mountainside above this world-famous grove, Horne Mountain, has been clearcut by Mosaic (previously Island Timberlands). This has fragmented extremely rare and endangered ancient Douglas-fir stands, of which 99% have been logged on BC’s coast, and will likely adversely impact the park below through increased erosion and siltation.