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Province seeks input on preserving Ancient Forest

The province is holding a series of regional meetings over the next two weeks to get feedback on a plan to preserve the unique ecosystems of the Ancient Forest east of Prince George.

The meetings will take place at:

  • The Lheidli T’enneh band office, 1041 Whenun Rd., Prince George, on Oct. 8, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The Robson Valley Community Centre, 441 Columbia St., McBride, on Oct. 13, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The Dome Creek Community Hall, Dome Creek, on Oct. 14, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • The Prince George Civic Centre, 808 Canada Games Way, Prince George, on Oct. 15, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The province is also accepting email comments on the plan; send your feedback to before Nov. 2, 4 p.m.

In July, B.C. signed an agreement with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Society, a community-based conservation organization. The partners are working together to ensure the Ancient Forest – called Chun Toh Whud U Jud in the Lheidli dialect – is preserved and, in the long-term, designated as an official protected area.

The forest covers more than 12,000 hectares of largely unlogged temperate rainforest, and contains stands of giant red cedars, some more than 1,000 years old, as well as rare plants and lichens. The forest is 120 kilometres east of Prince George next to Slim Creek Provincial Park.

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