The land is owned by the people of BC. It is Crown Land, but the current government has designated that much of the upper valley is available for logging.
I have lifted the following directly from the BC Parks information page:
Carmanah Walbran is home to some of the world’s largest spruce trees, some reaching heights in excess of 95 metres and living for 800 years or more. The park is also home to ancient, gnarled cedars – estimated to be well over 1,000 years old – clinging to the side hills. Nestled beneath these awe-inspiring trees is a diverse variety of flora and fauna possible only in an ecosystem that has remained undisturbed for hundreds of years.
The Carmanah was designated a provincial park in 1990 after a lengthy battle with loggers and government at the time. Civil disobedience and generous donations help bolster those on the front lines. The pressure finally pushed the government of the day to designate the area protected.
You might think that these forest giants are just trees. Cut them down and more will grow. True, but it is unlikely that the world will ever see thousand year old Douglas fir or cedar trees again. Douglas fir has been the backbone variety of the coastal logging industry. So much so that it is blue lined, or in danger of slipping into a one way decline to extinction.
In addition to the trees themselves, many other plants and fungi depend on them to maintain a delicate and diverse balance. Animals depend on them for food and shelter.
Some birds only nest in the crowns of old growth fir trees.
The Marbled Murrelet is one such bird. It is a small sea bird, related to the Auk family. It only nests in the mossy tops of the forest giants. It is red listed, meaning that it is endangered. They reproduce slowly and as their treetops disappear so will they.
It is a basic tenet of ecology that everything is connected to everything else. The extinction of a rare little bird makes us all a little poorer.
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