Sunday, August 3, 2008

Transition zone, where forest meets shoreline

Where the rain forest meets the shoreline is a magical place.  Gigantic spruce, cedar and hemlock are now protected from logging in Gwaii Haanas.  Deer were introduced to the islands in the 1920's or 30's and have had a significant impact on the forest understory.  They have made it much easier for us two leggeds to move around and explore but they have basically decimated the shrubs and bushes such as huckleberry and salal that would normally be thick right up to the beach.

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