Clayoquot Sound, B.C.

mg_659211.jpg?w=200 Wolf tracks along west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
mg_60071.jpg?w=300 Bald eagle above a foggy forest.
mg_63641.jpg?w=300 Carcass of juvenile humpback whale on beach of island in Clayoquot Sound
mg_59511.jpg?w=300 Racoon foraging for sand flees on beach of island in Sound
mg_57831.jpg?w=200 Black-tailed deer feeding on seaweed on island in Clayoquot Sound.
mg_58041.jpg?w=300 River otter scent marking on seaweed as tide goes out.
mg_57691.jpg?w=300 Black bear foraging for invertebrates in the intertidal zone by rolling rocks.
mg_63841.jpg?w=300 Large Sitka spruce in ancient forest on island in the Sound.
mg_59931.jpg?w=300 A gray wolf trots along the beach early in the morning with ravens in the background. West Coast, Vancouver Island.
mg_69701.jpg?w=300 Tofino Inlet, Clayoquot Sound.
mg_60701.jpg?w=300 Harbor seals lounging at low tide.
mg_56901.jpg?w=300 Atlantic salmon fish farm in Clayoquot Sound with uncut forest in background. Several rivers with no clearcuts or roads in them are seeing massive declines in salmon numbers due to sea lice and other issues associated with fish farming in the Sound. The smell is overwhelming, far worse than a dairy farm and totally shocking in such a wild setting.
mg_56691.jpg?w=300 Active clearcut logging in Clayquot Sound. Top of the photo is uncut oldgrowth. Bottom is regrowth from a previous clearcut.
mg_69601.jpg?w=300 Growth rings: over 200. Destination: ?
mg_68601.jpg?w=300 Huge western red ceder stump set amidst second growth forest of planted Douglas firs. Note that the original nurse log that the ceder tree started growing on in still under the stump, attesting to the volume of biomass in the previous ancient forest and the literally centuries it took to create the structural diversity so important to many Old growth obligate species.

Despite decades of conservation efforts, Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve,  faces numerous severe threats to its ecological integrity including clear cut logging of roadless old growth forests, industrial Atlantic salmon fish farms, and proposed open-pit copper mining. Learn more about the region and how you can support conservation in the region at the following websites:Friends of Clayoquot Sound Clayoquot Biosphere ReserveFirst Nations Environmental Networkmg_62982.jpg?w=300mg_68261.jpg?w=300mg_68751.jpg?w=214

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