Spared by the loggers’ chainsaws a Douglas fir perhaps 1,000 years old stands in splendid isolation on Vancouver Island

On a cool morning in the winter of 2011, Dennis Cronin parked his truck by the side of a dirt logging road, laced up his spike-soled caulk boots, put on his red cargo vest and orange hard hat, and stepped into the trees.

He had a job to do: walk a stand of old-growth forest and flag it for clearcutting.

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