Another stop off during our adventure around Vancouver Island was this beautiful and dramatic logged area. As we made our way across from Port Renfrew to meet with the owners of be Solely Canadian in Courtenay, it became apparent that Google Maps hadn’t taken into consideration the condition of the roads (very winding), or the speed at which one must travel due to all the sharp, sudden turns and single-lane bridges. Though we were running behind, I couldn’t resist stopping to take some photos at this picturesque location.
We passed many logging roads. A few areas were devastated by clear cutting and we saw many tractor trailers loaded up with the resulting commodities. Even though this area appears as it does as a result of logging, there was something about the landscape that captivated me. The combination of looming mountains, tall, rail-thin trees reaching up to the sky and the contrasting emptiness of the cleared area caught my eye. The plants were flourishing; from the tallest trees basking in the sun to the tiniest weeds budding up from the side of the dirt road. To quote Jurassic Park, “Nature finds a way”.
About 66 million hectares of B.C.’s land base is covered in trees and only 22 million hectares is suitable for logging. Luckily, this means that there is a finite amount of land dedicated to harvesting. Much of this land gets re-forested and then logged in a continuous cycle, and old growth forests are protected from this industry.
They say the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, and the second best time is now. If you want to learn more about tree planting and ‘greening’ in your community, go check out Tree Canada. They’re committed to improving the lives of Canadians through replanting trees and educating the public about the value of trees, and they have lots of great resources to get you started!
See the new Spring 2017 collection