Sites of Interest
(courtesy Empire Burlesque)
A Tiny Revolution
William Blum/Killing Hope
The Distant Ocean
Welcome to the Sideshow
Mark Crispin Miller
Crooks and Liars
Black Agenda Report
The Raw Story
Iraq Vets Against the War
Blues and Dreams
Bright Terrible Spirit
Starting from the headwaters of the subalpine Labour Day Lake,
surrounded by endangered ancient yellow cedars and mountain hemlocks in
an area heavily used by local recreationists, the waters of the Cameron
River start flowing downstream.
In the middle Cameron Valley lies the "Cameron Valley Firebreak", a 150 hectare remnant tract of mountain-top to valley-bottom old-growth forest - the last of its kind in the valley - that was formerly protected as winter range for Roosevelt elk and deer until the BC Liberal government removed the Tree Farm License in 2004. This exceptional ancient forest, filled with dense stands of enormous coastal Douglas firs and redcedars and with Culturally Modified Trees, has just started being logged by Island Timberlands as of April, 2012.
Farther downstream, also in the middle Cameron Valley, are old-growth forests in and around the Cameron Valley Canyon, also called the Cathedral Grove Canyon, about 5 kilometers or so from the world-famous Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park. This spectacular canyon - a national treasure (see images at http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/photos.php?gID=14) - was the center of a public uproar in 2006 when local conservaitonists found the canyon's largest Douglas firs and cedar trees marked and surveyed by Island Timberlands, and the company later declared that they would not log the area for the time being. Around the canyon farther upstream and downstream, and along adjacent slopes are also major tracts of endangered ancient forests, some of which Island Timberlands have started to log as of April, 2012. Many of these areas are heavily used by black-tailed deer and Roosevelt elk for their winter range.
Finally, in the Lower Cameron Valley is the spectacular Cathedral Grove, the most famous old-growth forest in North America after the California redwoods. Part of Cathedral Grove is protected in MacMillan Provincial Park, where visitors meander among the finest ancient Douglas fir stand on Earth - however, unprotected groves of ancient Douglas firs stretch alongside the highway and up adjacent slopes for a couple kilometers west of the park boundary, which Island Timberlands had planned to log in 2008 until a public uproar staved off their intentions (see http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=a8e02d65-8d2e-401a-8359-12c8d7345e17). These currently unprotected parts of Cathedral Grove also constitute a buffer to the park's trees, many of which blew down in ferocious winter storms several years ago in part due to increasing exposure to strong winds as a result of nearby clearcuts.
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