The unprotected Mossy Maple Grove, Canada’s mossiest rainforest, is a stand 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 just south of Cowichan Lake on Vancouver Island. Unlike other spotlighted old-growth forests in BC that have all been “coniferous” or needle-leaf trees (Douglas firs, Sitka spruce, western redcedars, etc.), this is an old-growth “deciduous” or broad-leaf rainforest.
This area has also been nicknamed “Fangorn Forest” after the forest in The Lord of the Rings.
Photography by TJ Watt.
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