The largest remaining inland temperate rainforest on earth.
Hidden in the interior of the Pacific Northwest
is the largest remaining inland temperate rainforest on earth. This magnificent landscape is home to numerous First Nations communities, thousand year old trees and critical habitat for endangered species like mountain caribou. However, industrial development has pushed this ecosystem to the tipping point.
While these creatures are rugged and resilient
they are not invulnerable to the pressure of myriad human activities on their habitat. Industrial logging, habitat fragmentation, changes in predator-prey dynamics caused by human uses of the landscape, and winter recreation in their high mountain winter home are among the leading stressors.
Less than 20 caribou remain
in the last herd that crosses back and forth between the United States and Canada. The total population of mountain caribou is estimated at less than 1500 across all of British Columbia.