Big Lonely Doug
The first public interpretive hike
Join us for the FIRST public interpretive hike to the spectacular Big Lonely Doug, Canada's 2nd largest Douglas-fir, standing alone in a clearcut. This massive tree was first measured and nick-named by the Endangered Ecosystems Alliance's Ken Wu and by TJ Watt in 2014. Learn about this iconic tree - the subject of numerous articles, documentaries, and a major book - and learn about the old-growth forest ecosystem that Doug once grew in from forest activists Ken Wu and TJ Watt. Afterwards, hike to the adjacent Eden Grove, one of the finest unprotected ancient forests in the world that few have seen.
Find out what YOU can do to protect BC's endangered old-growth forests and to scale-up the protection of endangered ecosystems across Canada in the lead-up to the UN Biodiversity Conference in October of 2020 where a new protected areas target will be set for Earth, including Canada.
Final parking area and hike starts 40 minutes from Port Renfrew, in Pacheedaht territory on Vancouver Island.
No dogs allowed due to the abundance of bears, cougars, wolves, and other wildlife in the area.
No participants will be allowed who cannot safely undertake a moderate-to-difficult level hike.
All Participants must sign waiver forms before the hike - no exceptions.
Take note that this is both an awareness-raising event and a fundraising event. The proceeds from this special event will greatly help the Endangered Ecosystems Alliance undertake our national mobilization campaign that will scale-up ecosystem protections across the country (including to protect BC’s last old-growth forests), an effort that will help avert both the extinction and climate crises.
Meet at Avatar Grove at 2 pm to meet and greet, sign waiver forms, and then go in a car convoy for another 15 minutes to the last stop/parking location before hiking to Big Lonely Doug (again, only hikers with a moderate to high level of hiking experienced can participate).