An Ancient Forest in our Backyard

Sarah Jackson, Culture Editor

An hour and a half drive east of Prince George, an ancient inland rainforest has grown relatively undisturbed for

millennia. The park, according to the Trail Peak website, features an incredibly unique ecosystem complete with looming 800-2000 year old cedars, a waterfall, and multiple mountain viewpoints. The hour-long trail is well-marked with signposts describing the local flora and fauna, many of which are the only ones of their kind found for miles around. In fact, Ancient Forest is advertised as the only temperate rainforest that exists so far inland in all of North America.

The unique ecosystem has been the focus of much attention from local hikers, scientists and activists looking to

protect old-growth forests and the many species which call them home. Prince George`s hidden gem now features a

wheelchair accessible boardwalk built by the collective volunteer efforts and donations of the Caledonia Ramblers (one of our region`s oldest hiking groups), residents of McBride, the Dome Creek Forest Information committee and people from Crescent Spur and Walker Road. The supplies for the “universal boardwalk” were also donated by local committees,organisations ,and individuals. Four long years of effort and altruism have made this local wonder accessible to just about everyone.

 

Ancient Forest and the work that has taken place to protect it and make it accessible to everyone is a great

example of the willingness of citizens of Prince George and surrounding communities to contribute their time, energy, and money to build a better community for everyone. A spirit that is supported and often exemplified in the efforts of students and staff of UNBC.