Canada - Robert Downie
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Inland BC Rainforest

One immediately gets a sense of peace when walking amongst the giant Western Red Cedars (Thuja plicata) of the inland temperate rainforest in the central interior of British Columbia. The remnant old growth Cedar stands of the Interior Cedar Hemlock Ecozone can frequently be between 400-800 years old with trees in remote pockets found up to four metres in diameter with ages estimated well over 1000 years old. As the only inland rainforest ecosystem found more than 500 km from an ocean, it is unique in its heavy reliance on snowpack melt to maintain high levels of early season humidity. Upper Fraser Valley, Longworth, British Columbia, Canada

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