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B.C. ancient tree lovers unveil ‘Mossome’ grove as part of bid for new protections

By Chad Pawson
CBC News
January 12, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Conservationists on Vancouver Island have documented a unique grove of ancient trees which it wants protected from logging due to its ecological value. “This is perhaps the most magnificent and stunningly beautiful old-growth forest I’ve ever seen,” said Ken Wu, executive director of the conservation group, Endangered Ecosystems Alliance. Wu, 44, has been exploring forests on Vancouver Island to campaign for their protection for the past 28 years. The latest find, a 13-hectare parcel on public land, is located near Port Renfrew along the San Juan River and within the traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation. It features massive old growth Sitka spruce and bigleaf maples, which are covered is hanging mosses and ferns. Wu and campaigners with the conservation group, Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), have nicknamed the grove ‘Mossome Grove,’ a blending of the words “mossy” and “awesome.”

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