Carole Tootill, one of the Fairy Creek blockaders, examines the huge stump of a tree that was cut down to build a road towards the watershed. Fairy Creek is the last unlogged watershed in the San Juan River system. Some of the old-growth trees are thought to be at least 2000 years old. In B.C. old-growth is considered anything more than 250 years old on the Coast and 140 years old in the Interior. Less than 1 per cent of forests are productive old growth and only about 35,000 hectares of that 1 per cent is what’s termed ‘very productive old growth,’ featuring the towering giants most people think of as old growth. /Photos Submitted

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