Like the water, forests sustain us. The forests of the Slocan Valley are quite diverse, with many species represented here such as cedar, hemlock, pine, spruce, subalpine fir, larch, birch, and cottonwood.
Giant cedars can still be seen in small islands in the Slocan River, and on the extremely accessible Retallack Cedar Trail, and on the Cedars trail in the Valhallas. Check out the Valley Directory under Outdoor Adventure for the more information about these hikes.
Like our water, our forests have been the centre of conflicts over their use. If you are interested in this subject, check out our links section for studies done in the valley, and our Valley Directory under Community Organisations/environment & nature
Forest fires are a real threat here during the summer. For more information on forest fires in the region and how to protect our forests, please check out BC Wildfire for campfire bans, wildfire news and other forest protection information.