When looking through the lens of biological conservation, there are several areas near Golden that are both deserving of, and in need of, better environmental protection. Here are a few examples of some of the challenges and opportunities being faced today when it comes to preserving the unique natural features and fabric of the inland temperate rainforest near Golden, BC.
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Protect Big Trees
Smith and Swan Creeks have some giant cedars, hemlock, and spruce that have been standing for hundreds of years. The area is within the current logging tenure of BC Timber Supply (BCTS). Although a considerable portion of the forest has been identified as a primary big tree deferral area, we believe some of the stands that remain in this area should be protected in perpetuity.
Kinbasket River Watershed
More than 100 km down a rough logging road, a new bridge across an intact watershed was recently constructed for logging purposes, with new roads recently built into an increasing road network in habitat used by mountain caribou, grizzly bears and wolverines. This is of high conservation concern.
Explore Old Growth
If you are interested in visiting a nearby grove of giant cedars, consider checking out the Giant Cedars Day-Use Recreation Site, approximately 37 km from the Trans Canada Hwy. This is a special place, so give yourself plenty of time to take in all that is offered along the flat trail. While this grove is within an Old Growth Management Area, it does not have any official protection. Why is this and can this be changed?