The Premier has announced the creation of a new provincial park. Christy Clark formerly named the Ancient Forest – Chun T’oh Wudujut Park. It’s pronounced Chun Toe Wood-yu-jud. The area 120 kilometres east of Prince George, is the only known inland temperate rainforest in the world.
“This area, known as the Ancient Forest, is home to some of the largest old-growth cedar trees in our province. Park status will give this magnificent site the protection it deserves,” said Premier Clark.
Last year alone, over 20 thousand visitors explored the trails of the ancient forest. Legislation to establish the park will be introduced tomorrow in Victoria.
The Premier also recognized many of the individuals who have worked towards the goal. “Thank you to the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Society, our local MLAs and the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this happen.”
“Dedicated volunteers and community members have worked for years to protect this special habitat,” said Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount. “Several of the trees in this historical natural wonder are more than 1,000 years old, with trunks measuring up to 16 metres around. This unique ecosystem will now be protected, and can continue to be enjoyed by visitors from throughout B.C. and around the world for years to come.”
Once legislation is passed, and the Ancient Forest is a provincial park, the Province of British Columbia will work with the federal government to consider this area for a UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination in recognition of the outstanding values of these ancient cedar stands.