Gwaii Haanas Forest Plants

mini forest

mini forest

Tansy’s recent stint on Haida Gwaii, involved a bit of bushwhacking, not just shoreline activities…Tansy and her companions were happy to see the forest growing back in some areas where the deer population has been reduced.  Deer were extirpated 12,000 years ago by the effects of climate change, but were re-introduced in the 1920’s.  The ecosystem was then destabilised by the presence of deer with no natural predators, eating all the little plants.  Now rebalancing attempts are being made.

little tree

little tree

There are lovely little trees…

little salal

little salal

…and other little plants growing back in the forest.

Woodpecker climb

Woodpecker climb

Some of the older trees are now riddled with woodpecker holes, which are perfect for Hitty tree-climbing.

Higher

Higher

Tansy got pretty high, but the photographer didn’t let  her get too far, before retrieving her and tucking her back in the carrying case.

fungus

fungus

This older tree had a giant orange fungus growing out of it.

chicken of the woods

chicken of the woods

This is called Chicken of the woods, but it isn’t actually edible.

lichen

lichen

Fallen logs have other mosses and lichens growing on them.

Succulent

Succulent

Back at the beach, Tansy found some nice fat succulents,

 

kelp

kelp

And loads of kelp of course.

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8 thoughts on “Gwaii Haanas Forest Plants

  1. Deer are lovely creatures, but when they are introduced into an ecosystem that evolved without them, the consequences are grim. Sorry that they had to be taken back out of the area, but it’s so good to see the ecosystem recovering.

    • I have been to other places where introduced species have affected the landscape, like sheep in Iceland, or Cattle in Arizona. When the alien species are excluded, the complexity of the ecosystem increases and it becomes a completely different place!

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