British Columbia
rainforest canopy
coastal temperate rainforest canopy
forest research

How to Cite

Ring, R. R., & Winchester, N. N. (1996). COASTAL TEMPERATE RAINFOREST CANOPY ACCESS SYSTEMS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA. Selbyana, 17(1), 22–26. Retrieved from


In British Columbia, we have constructed three old-growth forest research sites, each with a canopy access system. Another is in the planning stages. Each site is located in a different forest biotope. The first is in old-growth Sitka spruce/western hemlock in the Upper Carmanah Valley. The second is in old-growth dry, coastal Douglas-fir on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Less than 1% of this unique habitat remains intact. The third is at Bamfield Marine Station in an old-growth western red-cedar forest, and the fourth is planned for wet, coastal Douglas-fir in the Megin River watershed, an area that is part of the Long Beach Model Forest in Clayoquot Sound. This unique transect of canopy access systems within four distinct forest community types offers important opportunities for national and international collaborative projects on temperate rainforest canopy research.


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