The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: An ecosystem on the edge

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: An ecosystem on the edge

This interview with Dr. Rachel Holt, co-author of the stark report: Old growth: Last stand for biodiversity, contributes to the story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests through the lens of old growth protection. Dr. Holt also presents policy options to safeguard the forests that remain. What are the forest values of the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) zone…

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: The “right” management

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: The “right” management

Despite significant losses to biodiversity and connectivity in the Coastal Douglas-fir forests of southern British Columbia, management regimes continue to honor practices that value profits over preservation. According to this interview with registered professional forester, Satnam Manhas, management practices that consider ecology first are required to maintain ecological and economic viability. What is the Coastal…

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: Some of the most rare and diverse plant communities in Canada

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: Some of the most rare and diverse plant communities in Canada

Coastal Douglas-fir forests and associated ecosystems exist at the interface between land and water on the edge of the Salish Sea. With a long legacy of land stewardship by Coast Salish Nations, the ecological communities characteristic to this region are abundant and diverse. Since non-Indigenous arrival in the area, aggressive land conversion due to logging…

Conserving endangered Gulf Islands forests

Conserving endangered Gulf Islands forests

The Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) bio-geoclimatic zone is the smallest and most endangered of 16 such zones in British Columbia. According to BC’s Conservation Data Centre, nearly every ecological community in the CDF is provincially listed as threatened or endangered. The Gulf Islands represent 33.2% of CDF forests and associated habitats, and are the Traditional Territories…