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Dirk Meissner

Fate of B.C.’s ancient forests being debated

SAANICH, B.C.—The Douglas fir Andy MacKinnon leans against is 40 metres tall.

It’s likely more than 500 years old and its fire-scarred trunk is almost two metres in diameter.

In most other countries, the tree would be the largest in the land, noted MacKinnon, a forest ecologist who spent three decades with British Columbia’s government researching old-growth forests.