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McLaughlin Ridge holds significant ecological value and is part of the China Creek Watershed, the source of drinking water for the city of Port Alberni. The last remaining old growth sections of the ridge are at risk of being lost.
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The latest cuts in McLaughin occurring summer 2014
McLaughlin Ridge is located in the China Creek watershed which provides Port Alberni’s main source of drinking water.
Island Timberlands continues to harvest sections of McLaughlin Ridge 2011.
View of 2011 Island Timberlands harvested blocks on McLaughlin Ridge. The old growth area can clearly be seen above the second growth.
This area of McLaughlin Ridge was designated by BC scientists as a Wildlife Habitat area, and was intended to remain protected.
Huge Old growth Douglas fir trees surround small meadow glades.
Island Timberlands continues with their plans to harvest on McLaughlin Ridge
Heli logged site by Island Timberlands
Giant Douglas fir trees loaded with lichen.
Water from McLaughlin Ridge streams is what comes out of Port Alberni’s taps.
The south facing slope of McLaughlin Ridge is very steep and inundated with little streams and thin soil.
Huge old growth at 1000m, some of these trees are 400 + years old.
The canopy of the old growth Douglas fir here manages to keep a large percentage of the snow fall off the forest floor during heavy snow falls.
The endangered Northern Queen Charlotte Goshawk has been found nesting in the old growth forests of McLaughlin Ridge.