Veggie Voyagers

Couple travelled 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces between 7/07 and 5/08 running their 1987 Ford truck on straight veggie oil. The blog continues with a focus on the natural world and energy politics from a personal perspective

Friday, September 14, 2012

Robson Valley Inland Rainforest

 We left Prince George after three days of (Michael's) work on the vehicle. Our 25 year old Veggie Voyager has now put in a more days on rough roads in the backcountry of the great Robson Valley Ancient Inland Rainforest. Above is the Hellroaring Falls which you reach through a fairyland of thick feather moss in a old growth Red Cedar/Hemlock forest. Below, Michael is in another Ancient Forest among trees as old as 2000 years.
 And the very young may not survive the winter. The nights are progressively colder and the understory is more and more dazed into yellowing and browning. Tonight should hit freezing where we are now, in McBride (a flat green valley in a corridor of stately mountains.)
 We have only seen the humble, small creatures but the areas we visited create a corridor for the seven large parks of the Robson Valley with Southern Canada's largest protected area network. We see the trails, scat and prints of the wild critters even if we haven't had good luck seeing them. It's hunting season now and on the Morkill Forest Service Road hunting is prohibited but not on the Walker FSR, which is the other one we travelled.
We rode our bikes to the McGregor River along the Walker FSR and saw these great peaks in the distance.
We really appreciated the small guide we used, Robson Valley Ecoguide, published by the Save the Cedar League and honor their work of protecting this rare and threatened habitat from clearcutting and other destructive practices, that have fragmented the natural coherence of the inland rainforest. The patchwork that remains is still glorious but they still need our help to permanently protect this great land.


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