Beautiful path in a forest during a vibrant summer day. Taken in Raft Cove Provincial Park, Northern Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Bioecoclimatic Zones of Sunshine Coast Forest District

Map of Bioecoclimatic Zones of SCFD

We can now see a bit more detail. Note that:

  • the Coastal Western Hemlock Zone is by far the largest zone in the forest district
  • the Coastal Douglas Fir Zone is very small. There’s a portion of it around Halfmoon Bay and along the waterfront in Powell River. Several of the Gulf Islands have CDF. Most of the CDF is on Vancouver Island and is outside this forest district
  • the Mountain Hemlock Zone (MH) is our highest elevation forested zone. Its contribution to timber harvesting is small as so much of it is inaccessible or lacking in economically viable logging opportunities. This is fortunate because the MH Zone is rich in non-timber resources and extremely vulnerable to disturbance and is also very slow to regenerate.

This scale is still too coarse to answer our big questions. In the next page we will look at BEC Subzones to see if the picture will clarify.

Scroll to Top