Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Like a Pack of Cards

The West Coast (Lotus Land) is being ravaged by violent wind storms this fall/winter season. The Pacific coastline of Vancouver Island is always subject to high winds in winter, snow in some parts although Victoria usually sits pretty. However in contrast to the norm this fall Vancouver and the Lower Mainland are being devastated. The majestic Stanley Park has seen thousands of its half million trees felled. This National Historic Site receives four million visitors each year. Return visitors will be in for a shock. The giant cedars, pines and hemlocks will take a hundred years or more to grow back to their former glory. Puts me in mind of the devastation on Canada's east coast a couple of years ago. In Septermber 2003 Hurricane Juan hit Halifax, in particular its jewel Point Pleasant Park. A combination of high winds and storm surge brought down some 60,000 to 75,000 trees. About 90% of the mature tree growth in the park either was gone or seriously impacted. Board walks and grassy areas (up to 30 feet in some areas) were replaced with beach stone. It so happens there is a National Historic Site there too, the Prince of Wales Tower.
Source: Environment Canada website.