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"Amongst the worst of the numerous ecological tragedies that have been wreaked on this diverse forest over the past 150 years has been the near total extermination of primaeval Douglas fir.Now more than 97 percent of this once magnificent forest is gone, and to add insult to injury, the industry has cut its way through the subsequent forest profile down to the 30 year old pecker poles which one sees everywhere being shipped south, across the border so Americans can run them through their mills" Ingmar Lee.

"Before colonization, First Nations were self governing, self sustaining nations, with legal, administrative and diplomatic systems that owned and managed their lands and resource.West Vancouver police issued a statement on Monday morning, saying Richardson had since been found. Richardson was arrested Friday, April 20, 2018 by Burnaby RCMP and taken for an appearance at North Vancouver provincial court. Richardson was remanded in custody pending a further court appearance at North Vancouver provincial court Wednesday, April 25,” the statement read.Police say it is possible there are other victims who have not yet come forward.Celebrated as the epitome of the Gothic era, the site is no older than the magnificent big tree groves in BC today at risk of extermination. Chartres Cathedral Ancient tree stands in North America, such as the redwoods in Muir Woods (right), are ecosystems dominated by gigantic trees of an age far predating colonization by Europeans.The big trees in Cathedral Grove belong to a rare forest remnant of the Douglas fir habitat that has been decimated by industrial logging.They are unique signposts of indigenous occupation and provide evidence of Aboriginal Title and Rights: some have been dated back to 1137 AD.

Yet such trees have no legal protection due to an ineffectual "smoke screen" Heritage Conservation Act. Photo: Carol Ann Fuegi Totem Poles and Cedar Trees First Nations culture as expressed in monumental cedar carvings is celebrated worldwide.

Trees as Individuals In Europe monumental and exceptional trees are fully protected as natural heritage, or nature monuments and numerous websites are dedicated to big trees which are in many instances given names.

Yet most of these trees are no more than 500 years old and rarely reach over 800 years.

Not far from the giant Douglas firs in the heart of Cathedral Grove are unprotected archaeological artifacts.

These "culturally modified trees" are red cedars that have had their bark stripped off for aboriginal and ceremonial purposes (left).

Tough but flexible withes made lashing and heavy duty rope.