New provincial park protects majestic Ancient Forest

Premier Christy Clark announced the creation of B.C.’s newest Class A provincial park in the northern region of the province, which makes up part of the only known inland temperate rainforest in the world.

The Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Wudujut (pronounced Chun Toe Wood-yu-jud) Park will be established approximately 120 kilometres east of Prince George, near the community of Dome Creek.

“This area, known as the Ancient Forest, is home to some of the largest old-growth cedar trees in our province. Park status will give this magnificent site the protection it deserves,” said Premier Clark. “Thank you to the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Society, our local MLAs and the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this happen.”

Amendments to the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, to be introduced on Wednesday, March 16, propose to establish the Ancient Forest as an 11,190-hectare Class A provincial park.