By Roy L Hales
The great stands of Douglas Fir that many of our ancestors saw are largely gone. Isolated pockets persists. IN the following interview Ross Muirhead, of the Elphinstone Logging Focus, talks about the attempt to save 98 ‘Old Vets’ on Mount Elphinstone. ” is an ECO Radio interview broadcast on CKTZ (Cortes Island Community Radio) , CJMP (Powell River Community Radio) and CFSI (Green FM – Salt Spring Island Radio).
98 ‘Old Vets’ on Mount Elphinstone
Their average age of these Douglas Firs is 500-years-old. According to Muirhead, they are not protected and could be logged.
“These forests on the Lower Elphinstone slopes, outside the park area, are key areas for old growth retention … The field study we conducted was to prove that these forests contain very strong old growth values,” he said.
“When the Ministry of Forests does their classification of forests all across B.C. most of it is done by aerial footage. They look at tree height, they look at canopy openings. That’s how they do that kind of coarse filter on analyzing ground forests. They do not do a lot of verification on the ground.”
In addition to interviewing Muirhead, I also read out emailed comments from B.C.’s Ministry of Forests and clippings from the Sechelt First Nation
This program was broadcast on CKTZ (Cortes Island Community Radio) , CJMP (Powell River Community Radio) and CFSI (Green FM – Salt Spring Island Radio).
PS from March 7, 2016: I n response to my question about the fate of those Old Vets, I was told “The Elphinstone Old-Growth Doug Firs are still standing, however BCTS has a 2016-2017 block planned right in the area.”