Old Growth Areas

Three major old growth areas exist in and around the Alberni Valley.

McLaughlin Ridge is espmclaughlin ridge 586ecially significant due to the fact that it is part of China Creek watershed, which is one of the two drinking water sources for the city of Port Alberni. It has also been designated as a Wildlife Habitat Area (Queen Charlotte Goshawk) and an Ungulate Winter Range (Black-tailed deer). It is actively being logged as of Summer 2014.

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Mount Horne is positioned just behind Cathedral Grove, is also designated as a Wildlife Habitat Area and an Ungulate Winter Range and significantly increases the ecological potential of Cathedral Grove.

Cameron Fire Break

 

The Cameron Firebreak is easily accessible and is the last of the valley-bottom old growth Douglas Fir in the region. It too is designated as an Ungulate Winter Range.

Juniper Bluffs - flagging tape over moss rocks

 

Juniper Ridge is located in the Ash Valley. It was an Ungulate Winter Range that was recently logged.