British Columbia’s Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) zone is a rare forest type that lines the southeastern coast of Vancouver Island, crosses through the Gulf Islands, and reaches the Sunshine Coast. Heavily impacted by historic and ongoing logging and development, the CDF is the least protected zone in the province with the highest number of species at risk. It is also showing signs of climate stress. In response to this, Raincoast has initiated a project to characterize forest health throughout the Gulf Islands, identify measures to protect forest habitat, and promote ecosystem resilience at a time of rapid climate change. Preliminary observations indicate that climate change and land use decisions are stressing these forests and biodiversity is being lost.
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