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Rare Find in the Ancient Forest

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 @ 5:45 AM
Photo courtesy UNBC

Photo courtesy UNBC

Prince George, B.C. – A two-week biodiversity assessment in the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park by UNBC researchers has resulted in quite the find.

They discovered a rare orchid, one that hasn’t been seen since 1932, and is just one of more than 900 species that botanists found last month.

The biodiversity work is being conducted in partnership with the Lheidli T’enneh and BC Parks, with funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust and the B.C. Real Estate Foundation.

“There are many habitats (in the new park and protected area) that have not been visited by scientists,” said Dr. Darwyn Coxson, UNBC Ecosystem Science and Management professor. “We’re just starting to understand the incredible diversity of plants and other species that exist in those areas.”

The summer research program continued this month with more work planned for September.

Researchers hope the assessments will provide evidence for any future nomination as a World Heritage Site under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

“With our additional findings of so many rare plant species in this little pocket of coastal habitat, I believe we’ll have a very strong case in the future to seek nomination and designation as a World Heritage Site under UNESCO,” said Coxson.

The Ancient Forest was designated a Class A Provincial Park in May. In June, the adjacent Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Protected Area was established.


so where’s the picture of the posy. I’ve seen a sidewalk before.

This is the UNBC site about the work going on and the discovery of the orchid.

Several other pictures, but none of the orchid either. I too find that strange. State secret?

de unbc.ca/newsroom/unbc-stories/unbc-researchers-uncover-rare-species-new-ancient-forest/chun-toh-whudujut-provincial-park

I wish people would spell “forrest” correctly. It is not “Chun T’oh” but “Chuntoh”. The /t/ is not glottalized, and its a single word.

    It is spelled that way on the UNBC site in the URL name.

    It is written as Chun Toh Whud U Jud on the BC Public Consultation Paper of October 2105

    Will the real forest name please stand up???


      would you believe 2015 ….. ;-)

      So there are several inconsistent spellings in various contexts. The Public Consultation paper at least gets the lack of glottalization right. It however follows the odd convention of spelling native words with syllables separated. The name actually consists of two words. I suggest that the most reliable spelling is to be found in the Lheidli dictionary, which gives “forrest” as chuntoh. The /t/ is unglottalized in all of the dialects that use this word for “forrest”, as well as in the underlying postposition. (chuntoh is etynologically “among the trees”, where toh is “among”.)

      If you are able to tell the difference between ejective and aspirated consonants, listen to chuntoh and you will be able to hear that the /t/ is aspirated. Carrier spelling does not exhibit the high degree of arbitrariness that English spelling does. It is “phonetic”, that is, each sound is written exactly one way. Whether “forrest” is chuntoh or chunt’oh is an objective question, not one of authority or politics or personal taste.

      Just so that we get the English language straight before we go on to another one which was never written to start with.

      The word “Forrest” is a proper noun. Names of people, places, etc.

      The word “forest” is the word we use for a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth.

      Now that we have that straightened out, did Mr. or Mrs. or Ms, (Dr. etc.) Forrest have anything to do with the forest we are commenting on?

The bog adder’s-mouth orchid had been seen at Aleza Lake in 1932 and hasn’t been seen since .

Still no picture??

Here it is


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