This article first appeared in the September 2018 issue of Dootilh and appears courtesy of the Haisla Nation.
There’s a silent but urgent battle which takes place in the riparian stream-side forests near Kitimat. The war pits hearty, deeply rooted coniferous trees—such as spruce and cedar—against the feisty alder.
The conflict is actually better understood through history rather than through the study of how trees work.
In the mid-to-late parts of the 20th century, logging efforts in BC and particularly along the coast of BC, were not as sympathetic to forest renewal as they are today. Companies at the time would clear trees straight to the banks of rivers.