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DCFIC History

A Brief History of the Dome Creek Forest

Information Committee and the Ancient Forest

The Dome Creek Forest Information Committee (DCFIC) was formed in 1990 to advocate for the protection of the Upper Walker Creek watershed.

The Committee was next called into action when timber cruise flagging appeared along our access road. TRC Cedar Ltd. had recently been issued a salvage license, FL A61216, to address cedar and hemlock damaged by drought and hemlock loopers. We could not understand how the Ministry of Forests (MOF) could allow the harvest of healthy trees under such a licence. Thus began a long process of public meetings attended by the licencee, government and Dome Creekers.

In the fall of 2000, Ken Hodges, MOF RPF, challenged the committee to demonstrate the uniqueness of the Old Cedar. We figured meeting in the old trees was the only way. Trent Gainer of TRC Cedar, Craig DeLong, MOF ecologist, Rick and Julie Zammuto from Save-the Cedar-League, Gigi Karr from Cresent Spur, Jeff Burrows from MSRM, and Dome Creekers, Kathy Juncker, Jan Norton, Rod Norton, Ken Quinn and Hugh Perkins attended the field trip. Julie took this photo as we stood among the ancients growing along the Dome Creek access road. As we stepped out onto the road, Jeff said the only way we can save these trees is by spatially defining Old Growth Management Areas (OGMA's). The day was pivotal.

The Committee finally filed a complaint with the Forest Practices Board in January 2001.

The committee met later that year with Jeff Burrows and Shannon Carson to begin the Landscape Unit planning which eventually led to the formation of the first spatially defined OGMAs in the province. The committee consulted closely with Save-the Cedar-League and conducted extensive field reconnaissance to identify and recommend the best old growth areas in the Dome, Slim and Humbug Landscape Units. We knew that the PG hiking clubs, government agents, UNBC staff/students and many others were also supplying recommendations.

TRC participated in the OGMA process by submitting Major Amendment #1 of the approved 2001 Forest Development Plan, The amendment included thousands of hectares of ancient cedar. We were fighting over the old trees. We wanted to save them, TRC wanted to log them. The Slim Landscape Unit lies in the heart of the Ancient Cedar and it was here that the battle was most fiercely fought. The giant trees of Driscoll Ridge were and are rivaled by the old and more biologically diverse stands that lie between the Slim and Dome Creeks. We could only save 19% of the ICH by law. (The community has long apposed any logging in the healthy old cedar). TRC had proposed blocks all through these areas. Much would be lost.

Shannon Carson mentioned to the committee the giant trees she had seen in the then proposed block 486. We had never seen them. The block was omitted from the OGMAs. It was later approved, along with all the rest of the old, healthy cedar grabbed in Major Amendment #1.

In the June of 2005 we received a phone call from Dave Radies, a UNBC student doing research in the ICH. He had discovered huge trees in an approved cut block. We knew he was talking about block 486 but we didn't know how huge they really were. Dave offered to show them to us.

Dave Radies is about to enter.

Karsten , Hugh and Julie

Rick, Julie, Leanne, and Zev

Roy

Radie's tree

Kathy And Marie-Eve

This was a pivotal day. Dave said this area should be an interpretive trail. We told him it would become fence posts.

Committee members returned to the area again in October and discovered many more beautiful huge cedars on the upper shelf east of the current interpretive trail area. This area is still inside block 486. This was the day Rod Norton decided people needed to know about this find.

Huge clear cedar on upper shelf

The committee encouraged the local newspaper, The Robson Valley Times to do a story on The Ancient Forest.  The very popular and award winning story 'Ancient Cedar Forest Found Near Dome Creek" was published.

More Domecreekers visit the Ancient Forest in November

Treebeard and Treebeard Falls are 'discovered' by Domecreekers Guy and Kelly Norton and Hugh Perkins

Olak Productions documentary, Block 486 was filmed in January. Later that winter the McBride Chamber of Commerce featured the Ancient Forest in its 2006 tourist brochure.

Sometime in January, Hugh Perkins bumped into Jeff Burrows while shopping in Prince George. Jeff knew we Domecreekers loved cedar and suggested sending us the Driscoll Ridge trail proposal currently sitting on his desk. We accepted. He sends us the proposal. Remarkably, the ridgeline trail proposed has the east trailhead end at the same parking lot used to visit block 486. What's more, the proposal suggested an interpretive trail somewhere yet to be determined. Kathy Juncker contacts Nowell Senior by phone. Russ Purvis, Kathy Juncker, Dave Saclarides and Hugh Perkins of the DCFIC meet in the Ancient Forest with Mike, Nowell and other members on the Ramblers.

Ramblers at frozen Treebeard Falls in February 2006

We all love cedar and have a great day.
The cedars of block 486 are accessible and unique for their size and grandeur, the best place for the interpretive trail. The committee was invited to cosign the trail proposal and later accepted
The rest is history.

Harvesting under salvage Licence FL A61216 continues to be focused on healthy ancient cedar leading stands.