Edinburgh Mountain, Pacheedaht Territory
To the North-East of the Fairy Creek watershed is Edinburgh Mountain, which, if not for the logging road that runs along Braden Creek on its Eastern side, would have fed an Old Growth ecosystem contiguous with the Fairy Creek watershed. The “Rd 2000” blockade, just off Braden Main, protected some of what was left of this high productivity yellow cedar and hemlock. On the Western side of Edinburgh Mountain runs the Gordon River, which is fed by the headwaters of the mountain as well as by Bugaboo Creek. Here, on a bridge that crosses the Gordon River, is a long-standing blockade camp called Eden. Edinburgh Mountain is one of the largest sections of unprotected Old Growth forest on so-called Southern Vancouver island. Over the past several years, Teal Jones has been granted 3 new road building approvals into the high elevation, mid elevation and low elevation forests of there. The company has five approved cut blocks on the mountain, two of which could be clear-cut any day.
Many will know this crucial ecosystem by its world-famouse giant Douglas-Fir, Big Lonely Doug. Big Lonely Doug was seeded before 1000 CE; the child of an ancient, ancestral grove of coastal rainforest, the lone survivor of a brutal act of cutblock deforestation in 2011.