The Earth has lost more than half its original temperate rainforests since ancient man first harvested its soil. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, these pristine ecosystems used to cover less than 0.2 percent of the globe’s land surface, and were home to a host of ancient creatures. However, all is not lost.
The planet’s prehistoric temperate rainforests find their greatest expression in modern-day Clayoquot Sound, where one of the largest tracts of primary low-elevation coastal temperate rainforests supports wild salmon, rare species, and giant cedar trees more than 1,000 years old. A Biosphere Reserve is a voluntary, cooperative detachment created to protect the biological and cultural diversity of a region while promoting sustainable economic development.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) granted Clayoquot Sound its official Biosphere Reserve Area designation in 1999. Currently, there are 408 Biosphere Reserve Areas in 94 countries. For more information on The Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve please click here.