Tensions in the Forest.jpg

There Are Many Words for Forest

It is summer 1993 and 12,000 voices echo out of the serene rainforests of coastal British Columbia. The increasingly patched and polarized landscape has been in the hands of powerful forestry corporations, primarily viewing the ancient ecosystems as repositories of high-grade timber. Indigenous groups have lost sacred sites, hunting and foraging grounds, as well as traditional ecological knowledge tied closely to the land. Twenty becomes forty and forty becomes four-hundred. Soon thousands of people gather to save the forests of Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, in what marks the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. 

Today, twenty-five years since the Clayoquot protests, the ‘War in the Woods’ continues. The ancient temperate rainforests of British Columbia are pressured in multiple directions, serving the province’s economic pillars of both nature-based tourism and the timber industry, as well as First Nations activities. This article and design exploration questions: how do you share an ancient forest? and what role can designers and landscape architects play in facilitating this?

Port Renfrew, branded as the “Tall Tree Capital of Canada,” is the site for this design exploration. The Vancouver Island coastal town is commonly known for logging and fishing, but is quickly becoming an eco-tourist mecca. The region boasts some of the world’s largest and oldest trees, yet also the most contested. Major user groups in this area, i.e. First Nations, the forestry industry and recreation/tourism industry, are often in conflict over how these unique forests should be used, harvested and/or conserved.

This design project proposes a new infrastructural network spanning from the trailhead of the world-famous West Coast Trail and continuing up the valley to one of the regions major attractions -The Big Lonely Doug. The design proposal includes a forest centre/tree nursery, over-night campsites, and an extensive multi-use trail network, comprehensively stitching together the competing interests of the forest.

The Forest Centre/ Tree Nursery

The forest centre and tree nursery is the gateway to the site. It is a multi-use centre housing the new Pacheedhat First Nation saw mill, tourist information, Pacheedhat community activities, forestry meeting rooms and research labs, as well as a locally-run tree nursery. Visitors arriving to the site can check-in for multi-day trips at the forest centre and grab seed paper maps locating sapling catches along their route, as they are encouraged to participate in the region’s forest recovery. 

The Campsite

Campsites are developed on the site for overnight accommodation on multi-day trips. Tent platforms, picnic tables, benches and outhouses are built from the logging slash currently piled on site. The campsite infrastructure also doubles as infrastructure for Pacheedhat land-based programming, providing platforms, tables, benches, poles and racks for cultural activities and education on traditional territory. 

The Multi-use Trail Network

The trail network utilizes decommissioned and operational logging roads as the backbone of the network. Discarded logging materials are used to build trail infrastructure, for example, mountain bike ladder bridges, mulched paths, trail markers and signage. The trails weave visitors through old-growth forests, clear-cut blocks, and second-growth, orchestrating a narrative of forest systems that reflect the complexity of the region– harvested, conserved, spiritual, abundant, vulnerable and interconnected.

Thesis Concept Collage.jpg

Many Feet in the Forest: Mapping interrelationships between the competing interests of the forest, primarily local First Nations, the recreation/tourism industry and the forestry industry.

Context map and timeline.jpg

Port Renfrew Context Map and Timeline

Port Renfrew Axonometric.jpg

Port Renfrew, British Columbia

Forest Centre and Tree Nursery Render.jpg

The Forest Centre/ Tree Nursery, phased over time

Campsite Render.jpg

The Campsite, phased over time

Recreation Trail Render.jpg

The Multi-use Trail, phased over time

Site Plan.jpg

Site Plan: Black dashed lines represent the existing forest service roads and red lines represent additional connecting trails, which allow better circulation. The trails weave through clearcut, old growth and secondary growth forests, expanding the visitor narrative of forest landscapes in British Columbia.

  • 217 Comments   –  Login to comment

  • levidevil

    levidevil ·  Apr 16, 22 3:27 pm

    Lahore is a busy city in Pakistan and here you can find different kinds Lahore Escorts Girls. looking for some source of enjoyment? If yes, then you need to try to Contact Lahore Escort Agency. Nowadays people have no time for their enjoyment because of heavy world load.
    High work loads are the main cause of anxiety and depression nowadays. In such case, you have to understand the importance of entertainment.

  • levidevil

    levidevil ·  Apr 16, 22 3:27 pm

    Hey, we hope you’re not one of those customers that think of escorts as typically inexpensive escorts and underestimates the genuine value of their company. But if you’re one of them, well, there’s always the first time. To begin, you must realize that call girls in Lahore are more advanced versions of street hookers.

    Finding paid sex in the past was difficult and necessitated a great deal of discretion and, of course, hard effort, as it took a long time to find a decent-looking Escorts in Lahore .For more Information vist our website

  • khushiverma

    khushiverma ·  Apr 20, 22 4:25 am

    Make a few warm reminiscences with Dehradun Model Escorts. They are usually keen to make a contribution their excellent offerings handiest for you. These particular call girls will lead you to an first-rate oral with smooth lips.
    Escorts in Bangalore|| Escorts Service in Bangalore|| Bangalore Escorts Service|| High Profile Escorts in Bangalore|| Bangalore Call Girls
  • khushiverma

    khushiverma ·  Apr 27, 22 7:49 am

    Wonderful blog post, resolved to go on, and even bookmarked your web blog. As I can’t hold on to enjoy a book a lot more as a result of one. how to crossplay Minecraft.
     Banglore Escorts|| Bangalore Escorts Service|| Escorts in Bangalore|| Escorts Service in Bangalore|| Bangalore Escorts Agency||

  • khushiverma

    khushiverma ·  Apr 27, 22 7:50 am

    The Boyd Law Firm, located in the Orange County, San Diego, Century City, and Sacramento areas of C California, possesses a broad base of legal knowledge, ..family lawyer.
  • khushiverma

    khushiverma ·  Apr 27, 22 7:50 am

    I think this is a really good article. You make this information interesting and engaging. You give readers a lot to think about and I appreciate that kind of writing.  Banglore Escorts|| Bangalore Escorts Service|| Escorts in Bangalore|| Escorts Service in Bangalore|| Bangalore Escorts Agency

  • khushiverma

    khushiverma ·  Apr 27, 22 7:51 am

    me and my best friend are members of the local town golf club, i am really excited to play golf ` US Visa Online Application
  • jackman10

    jackman10 ·  May 24, 22 9:09 am

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this brilliant blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Talk soon! demo application form
  • jackman10

    jackman10 ·  May 24, 22 9:09 am

    Can I simply say that of a relief to uncover one who actually knows what theyre speaking about over the internet. You certainly know how to bring a concern to light to make it essential. Lots more people should check out this and can see this side from the story. I cant think youre not more well-known since you also absolutely develop the gift. Außendienst-App
  • rahmathakm

    rahmathakm ·  May 30, 22 3:06 am

  • rahmathakm

    rahmathakm ·  May 30, 22 3:07 am

    Insightful https://studentathleteworldtours.com/ thanks for sharing.
  • heisenberg321

    heisenberg321 ·  May 30, 22 5:15 am

    I'm reading your blog for the first time, and I'm happy to report that your content is wonderful and simple to understand. [url= https://fauxncotton.com/amazing-spiderman-andrew-garfield-jacket ]andrew garfield jacket[/url] I've spent a significant amount of time on this website and would like to return. Best regards for the future.
  • jeeyajee

    jeeyajee ·  Jun 10, 22 3:08 am

    Welcome to azzikhan Lahore Escort Agency. Call Girl Lahore is a Lollywood city with lots of beautiful Actresses, Models, and beauties that will fill your heart with happiness. Escorts VIP The one-stop spot for access to Beautiful Lahore call girls from all over the city.
  • jeeyajee

    jeeyajee ·  Jun 10, 22 3:08 am

    Lahore As men, we enjoy alot of aspects about women like looks. Lahore paid Housewife I always want to meet new people to learn and also give them some extraordinary experience so that we can continue our relationship as much as possible. call-girls-in-lahore Appearances, figure, curves and many more things that just bring a smile on your face.
  • 홍수현

    홍수현 ·  Jun 10, 22 6:00 am

    ????? https://totokorea.xyz
  • jeeyajee

    jeeyajee ·  Jun 14, 22 5:02 am

    It is a common thing for everyone searching a cute hot.  Lahore Girl   she will become your girlfriend and gives you immense happiness and satisfaction throughout the whole time.  Lahore Sex In bed our call girls showcase some of the unique pleasure creating styles so you can explore it.
  • jeeyajee

    jeeyajee ·  Jun 14, 22 5:02 am

    If you never had the experience with any escort service then.  Karachi Girl we will be the best to provide you a lifetime memorabilia of Karachi Escorts because we don’t set the expectations we just prove it.  Karachi Sex  you may see nowadays from a DEO ad. to a travel bag ad. Everything gets you a girl.
Next page » Loading