A pictorial representation of sampling in the Sydney watershed, Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver Island, August 2006.
A view from the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) research cabin. The Sydney watershed is our ideal sampling location, representing an intact forest system.
Dave and Rebecca provided site access by CBT boat from Tofino to the Sydney watershed.
Arbornaut Kevin Jordan training Stan Boychuk in single rope climbing techniques to gain access to the forest canopy.
Up we go!! Accessing the Sitka spruce.
Single rope climbing gives us the ability to reach heights of >45 m above ground, where we sample moss mats and suspended soils.
The estuary at Sydney inlet...
and viewed from the canopy
Ancient Sitka spruce are the tree species for this project.
Microhabitat within the canopy -- moss mats with suspended soil -- are sampled to assess arthropod biodiversity within the canopy system.
Neville, Zoë and Kevin- part of the enthusiastic research team.