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British Columbia's Forests - A Geological Snapshot

British Columbia has developed a series of detailed province-wide maps with information on tree species, forest age, natural and human disturbance, protected areas, ownership and more.
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Detailed Information:
This new publication, British Columbia’s Forests: A Geographical Snapshot, includes key findings:

  • B.C. has vast forests, covering an area of almost 60 million hectares (149 million acres).

  • An estimated 40% of forests are considered old growth. The proportion is higher in coastal rainforests, which are about 55% old growth.

  • Only about 2% of land has been converted from its natural state to farmland, settlement or other forms of development.

  • Insect infestations and wildfires typically affect more than three times the area that logging does.

  • About 40% of the province has a road density of less than one-tenth of a kilometre of road for every square kilometre of land (0.16 miles of road per square mile).

  • B.C. has legally protected more than 12% of its land base. About half of protected lands are forested, and the remainder includes alpine areas, sparsely wooded lands and grasslands.

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