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Ancient Trees of Savary Island

The Savary Island Land Trust began to document the ancient trees and sensitive ecosystems on Savary in the summer of 2013. Savary Island represents a highly unusual landscape within the internationally significant Coastal Douglas-fir Biogeoclimatic zone. This zone is restricted to the southwest coast of the province, running along a narrow strip of the mainland coast from Greater Vancouver to Lund, the southeast coast of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Savary’s dry coniferous forests consist predominantly of Douglas-fir and some isolated areas of Western Hemlock. Most ecosystems occurring within the Coastal Douglas-fir zone are found nowhere else in North America. Despite over a century of industrial logging, Savary still has rare remnants of old growth and mature forests.

The ancient dunes that occur in the central portion of Savary are stabilized by extensive and unique forests of Douglas-fir and Salal on the southern section of the dunes. On the cooler northern side Western Redcedar is more prevalent.

Mature forests are still found throughout the Island on private land, protected land and on public rights of way. These forests provide habitat for many species, they help to connect and protect ecosystems and they are the foundation of future old growth forests.

You may download the KML file here.


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Colourful laminated placemats of the Ancient Trees of Savary Island photographed by Dean van’t Schip are available from the Savary Island Land Trust for $10.

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