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Massive New Provincial Park Will Protect BC’s Majestic ‘Ancient Forest’

Ancient Forest

Premier Christy Clark has revealed a new provincial park that will be located in the northern region of BC.

The area makes up part of the only known inland temperate rainforest in the world—providing a habitat for a diverse range of species.

Referred to as the ‘Ancient Forest,’ the park will be established 120 kilometres east of Prince George—near the Dome Creek community.

Ancient Forest

“This area, known as the Ancient Forest, is home to some of the largest old-growth cedar trees in our province. Park status will give this magnificent site the protection it deserves,” said Premier Clark. “Thank you to the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Society, our local MLAs and the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this happen.”

A proposal is in the works for the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act to establish the forest as an 11,190-hectare Class A provincial park.

Being designated as a provincial park will ensure this BC gem won’t be affected by timber harvesting and other commercial-driven activities. It will help preserve the wildlife and cultural values of the area—as well as the plant ecosystems.

Ancient Forest

“The proposed establishment of this park – home to some of the largest old-growth cedar trees in the province – reflects the uniqueness of B.C.`s world-renowned park system,” said Environment Minister Mary Polak. “This spectacular setting will now be preserved and protected for future generations to enjoy.”

Volunteers have been working for several years at keeping this area safe and protecting the unique habitat. Several of the trees in the forest are over 1,000 years old and carry a lot of history.

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