The rainforest boardwalk trail that runs through this enchanted wood of the Pacific Rim National Park can be a magical place to visit and also a place to learn about the old coastal rainforest that British Columbia and Vancouver Island is so fortunate to have.
This part of the boardwalk trail runs directly between two western red cedar trees, aka Thuja plicata, and these trees are not only hundreds of years old, but are part of what this area of British Columbia is known for. Pacific Rim National Park is not completely protected from logging but these magnificent trees will not be cut down as they are too old and a trail has been built here for visitors. People taking a walk along the trail should be careful as well that they do not disrupt the delicate ecosystem of the rainforest.
Pacific Rim National Park is part of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve was set up in the late 1900s as part of a project with local First Nations groups to help develop and build areas with sustainable land uses. This Biosphere Reserve is part of a bigger network of Biosphere Reserves all over the world and all of them use different parts of the reserve to help develop better sustainable land practices.
There is always an area within the reserve that cannot be touched at all, then an area where some resources can be taken as long as it does not upset the balance of the core, and then an outer area where groups work together to use it in a sustainable manner. It is a project that has been calld contoversial but also exhibits some good practices. As you can see from the magnificent western red cedar tress here, there are beautiful and enchanted areas of the park that will not be touched again or harmed on purpose.
Boardwalk winding along the Rainforest Trail between two western redcedar trees (western red cedar), Thuja plicata, in the coastal rainforest of Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach Unit, Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, West Coast, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/9.0, exposure time of 4/1 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 16mm.
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