baumzaehlen - Primeval Forests & Their Trees

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MacMillan Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

This small (1.6 km 2 ) popular park with its mighty Cathedral Grove straddles busy Highway 4 near the east coast of Vancouver Island. It is not completely untouched: some old cut Opens internal link in current window Thuja plicata (western redcedar) stumps can be seen. The canopy is composed mainly of the following species: Opens internal link in current window Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii (coast Douglas-fir), Opens internal link in current window Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) and Thuja plicata . Particularly the first and last mentioned species include remarkably large specimens. The largest Pseudotsuga menziesii individuals are over 800 years old 1 . Tree species diversity is low and most species are easy to identify.

No camping permitted.


1 Stoltmann, R. (1990): Hiking Guide to the Big Trees of Southwestern British Columbia, Second Edition. Western Canada Wilderness Committee.

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Pseudotsuga menziesii (coast Douglas-fir) dominated forest, with Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock, left foreground and saplings) and Sambucus racemosa subsp. pubens (Pacific Coast red elder, extreme left).
Large Thuja plicata (western redcedar), with smaller Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock).