Great Bear Rainforest :: Photo Essay :: 12

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Kvai Tidepools

Home to one of the most enduring, complex and sustainable civilizations on earth, the Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv peoples have lived in this area for at least 10,000 years. Any archaeological evidence older than this tends to be located along the ancient coastline, long ago inundated from the sea-level rise associated with melting waters of the last glacial epoch. New research is uncovering facts that point to the existence of large ice free “refugium” along the BC coast, that may have been inhabited by ancient sea-faring peoples during the ice-age perhaps as long ago as 14,000 years or even longer. This is concurrent with, if not earlier than, inhabitation of various parts of the “old world” such as the British Isles.

Here at Kvai, ancient stone weir fish traps, culturally modified trees, and stone tools are all traces of this ancient past. Each evening I had the pleasure of watching grizzlies prowl the white sand beaches pictured beyond, and would walk in their footsteps every morning. The ancient forests in the background were purchased from Weyerhaueser by the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 2006, while the balance of the watershed (public land) was declared a protected area by the Province and the First Nations with claims to the area.

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Historic Accord Protects B.C. Forests
First Nations are gaining more control over their traditional lands while considerations of sustainability are becoming central to forestry planning.

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Rainforest Logging Shutdown in BC
The British Columbia logging company MacMillan Bloedel announced January 8, 1997, that it is shutting down its logging operations in the Clayoquot Sound rainforest, BC.



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