The Coastal Trail Collective is officially launched!
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After years of building, months of chatting, and hundreds of hours of website design, we’re are so, so so excited to officially launch the Coastal Trail Collective.

After long days of hard work in the cold, pouring rain, while sitting in the smoky wall-tent trying to dry off, we’d often talk into the night about why we were building the trails.  We’d often debate for hours on end about the reasons behind our work, and if our trail building stopped with hitting the nail, or if our work needed to continue with advocacy back in the city.  In all our debates, one idea in particular kept coming up; we needed to have a better way of telling people about our work then just hoping people would run into us on the trail mid-december.

Well, after a long time developing and refining our thoughts, we are proud to present to the world the Coastal Trail Collective.

I won’t say too much here about what this website is all about.  Go check it out for yourselves :-).  I will say that this will be your best source for CTC news, trail updates, maps, and trail condition reports.  We also want this platform to be the first step towards being more inclusive.  We want to bring you on one of our trail building trips and we hope this website will get your stoke on!!!!

See you all soon!

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Buzzing with Projects

Originally published on olivierclements.com

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One of our big goals has always been to have a trail that goes through all of the planned cutblocks in the Walbran Valley.  While the current trail network showcases some of the best of our ancient forests, most people don’t realize that it’s almost all protected from logging.  None of the proposed cutblocks go near the trails and the trees are for the most part well within the protected parts of the special management zone.

We believe that the current trails don’t give the public an accurate sense of what will be cut, and also helps the logging companies argue that their activities won’t affect our beloved Walbran.  We’ve always wanted to have a trail that went through all the planned cutblocks so that people could see the actual flagging taped boundaries, and witness with their own eyes which trees are marked for harvest.

This past fall, our project got underway with bang!  After extensive exploratory bushwacking, a tiny grove of behemoth cedars was discovered nestled between 3 cutblocks.  The grove was on par with any of the other groves in the valley and had arguably more giants per square acre than anywhere else.  We explored the hillside looking for good trail lines and found even more giant cedars and doug firs all over the place.

After a few weeks of exploring and building, our new trail is almost ready for unveiling.  A long, challenging loop trail that will get the stoked up for big tree lovers and hikers alike.  The trail will go through some of the most striking features of this forest, while dipping in and out of the flagging boundaries.  You’ll be amazed and saddened by the size of these trees, and by the sight of the flagging tape.  The trail will also have a special extension to THE best view of the valley.  High up on a rocky outcrop, the trail overlooks the walbran, Anderson lake, the falls, and the pacific!!!!

The trail isn’t done yet, but stay tuned.  It will be ready for the spring :-).

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New Trail in the Walbran
The Castle Giant

The Castle Giant

Originally Published by OlivierClements.com

A few weeks ago, Will and I headed off to the Walbran to do a little bit of exploring, and ended up cutting a pretty sweet trail to a recently discovered grove of massive cedars. 

The trail isn’t quite finished so I won’t give away too much, but I will say this; the trail goes by over a dozen cedars over 12m in circumference, a couple giant doug fir trees (super rare in the Walbran), and a mega tree over 17m in circumference.    Sadly, almost all these trees are well within the proposed cutblocks on the hillside and could be cut down at any point….  Stay tuned for more info & trail maps,.

We headed to the valley late in the afternoon and by the time we got to the FSR, it was pretty dark outside. As we drove up a hill about 40mins behind Cowichan Lake, the sky lit up with a dim orange glow and a pretty dramatic scene unveiled itself. Across the valley, the whole hillside was on fire. You hear the crackle of these gigantic fires, see the huge flames shoot up in slow swirls, and hear the sound of a city block worth of wood being burnt to the ground. Since the weather had cooled off, logging companies were starting to burn slash piles. It’s a forest fire prevention strategy done after a harvesting operation to try to curtail the debris left behind drying out and catching fire in the summer. Doing controlled burns in the wet fall/winter seasons removes the fuel sources and helps return some nutrients to the soil. I gotta say though, seeing this massive fire without any supervision was a little disconcerting. Two years ago, some of these burns got out of control and resulted in multiple hectares of forest being burnt down.

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