How Much Old Growth is in B.C.?
British Columbia covers about 94.8 million hectares, while the forested land base covers about 57.2 million hectares.
Based on the government’s working definition, old-growth forests comprise about 23% of forested areas, or about 13.2 million hectares.
Mature forests — largely natural and generally greater than 140 years old on the Coast and greater than 80 years old in the Interior (but younger than old growth forests) — comprise 26.1 million hectares, or about 46% of the forested area.
Map of old growth and other forests in B.C. Click to enlarge.