Ancient Forest Interpretive Site
To provide access into the world unique inland temperate rainforest of British Columbia by way of a 4,500 meter long plank pathway at the Ancient Forest Interpretive Trail. This pathway will complement the recently completed Universal Boardwalk that provides access to the forest for those visitors in wheelchairs, and others with mobility or mental health challenges, to experience the only inland temperate rain forest in the world that is so far from the ocean.
One of our goals is to show the value of this type of forest as a recreational and educational resource, and that conservation of the attributes that make this forest type special and unique is a worthy cause and one that future generations deserve an opportunity to appreciate and enjoy.
This year, 2014, Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club Society volunteers and other Friends of the Ancient Forest plan to take measures that will prevent degradation of the trail tread on the Ancient Forest Loop. The Universal Boardwalk is now complete and has been successful in providing access to more visitors to the site, and while no degradation can take place on the boardwalk route since it is above the forest floor and has 3 railings on each side, degradation can occur elsewhere on the trail. About 15,000 visitors came out to the site in 2013, and it is anticipated that there will be about 20,000 visitors in 2014, with the majority walking the 500 meter long Universal Boardwalk as well as the 2.3 km Ancient Forest Loop.
To better direct and guide visitors, and protect the root system and the trail tread in general, the Ramblers will build a raised 26 inch wide plank pathway 4000 feet long, and for about 500 feet arrange native rocks in some areas as stepping stones, and construct steps in other areas using re-bar, boards, and crushed limestone fill.
About 50 volunteers and 3000 hours of labor are expected to go into completing this trail tread protection project with the intention of completing most if not all of the project by November 2014.
Volunteers may contact: firstname.lastname@example.org